"You know that we had negotiations with Manchester City this winter and there was an official offer, a very big figure".
The Shakhtar man has the ability to score screamers and has done so for a number of times for the Ukranian side and his previous club Inter Milan.
That claim is also backed up by fellow Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano who claims a fee of €50 million (£43.8m) has now been agreed between the two clubs, with the contract signing and medical to take place shortly.
Fred is now being lined up by Jose Mourinho to strengthen his midfield, and United had hoped to use Brazil's stopover in England to finalise a deal.
The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder is part of Tite's Brazil squad for the tournament in Russian Federation next month, though first the Selecao will take on Croatia at Anfield on June 3.
The player yesterday spoke openly about the interest in him from Manchester rivals United and City.
The Ukrainian club wanted £50m for Fred and were keen to get United involved in a bidding war to drive up the price even higher.
He added: "It's an honour to be on the radar of great European coaches". That is, I can somewhat feel that Fred will be more expensive than Fernandinho and Teixeira.
Fred is also capable of protecting the defense, something Nemanja Matic had to do alone last season.
The Italian, 28, has a year left on his contract and started only five Premier League games for United during the season just completed.
The Brazilian was close to moving to Manchester City in January, but Jose Mourinho's side may now swoop.
United opened talks with Spurs over Alderweireld, the Belgian defender, yesterday, but the transfer of Fred is likely to be more straightforward.
The stage is set for Mourinho and Fred next season, now let's see if they will shine.