And now, if I'm not mistaken, there was news of a very strong bid from United.
Fred - who has won seven caps for Brazil but has not started for his country since the 2015 Copa America - joined Shakhtar in 2013 from Internacional. Fred has been named in Brazil's 23 man squad for the tournament, and one would assume he'll see this as yet another chance to impress heading into next season.
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.
The Brazil worldwide is linked with a move to United, with champions Manchester City having nearly landed the 25-year-old in January.
So what would Fred bring to this Manchester United side?
Twitter user Jonathon posted a clip showing him searching for Fred's name in Norwood's list of people following.
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 Alex Teixeira'. He has made 156 appearances for Shakhtar, scoring 14 goals and winning three Ukrainian Premier League titles.
Manchester United manger, Jose Mourinho is willing to sell midfielder, Paul Pogba to Barcelona, if he gets the services of playmaker, Ivan Rakitic in return.
His man-of-the-match performance against United's closest rivals launched him into the collective consciousness of Premier League fans past year, and United fans will be hoping he can stay there with quality performances for them this season.
United are also understood to be in talks with Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian.