But their chief executive Sergei Palkin has confirmed that Fred will be heading to Manchester this summer.
'He is ready for the best championships.
The news comes as a surprise after City had reportedly been in advanced negotiations to land the 24-year-old Brazil worldwide, but Paul Hirst of The Times writes that the two clubs could not come to an agreement despite City loaning striker Larry Kayode to the Ukrainian giants. He is not only a very good player but also a very good professional.
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With Yaya Toure leaving in the summer, and Fernandinho now 32 years of age, Pep Guardiola is in dire need of the 25-year-old to fill the vacuum. In the middle of the year, we wait to see what will happen'.
The Brazilian has been strongly linked with a switch to the Premier League in recent months with both Manchester clubs chasing him.
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"Of course yes. I would evolve", said Fred, who joined Shakhtar from Brazilian club Internacional in 2013.
Sources close to the deal have told me that City remain interested but United are ready to compete for a player rated very high by Jose Mourinho's scouts - who think he would be ideal next to Nemanja Matic. If not to Manchester City, then to Manchester United.
"I would be happy to play there... or at Manchester United as well, at Chelsea, Arsenal, clubs of great tradition in Europe and England. It is the best league in the world, I have no doubt, and I believe that my football would evolve", he added. That would help a lot, learn by watching them.
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Former Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu was confident Fred would join City at the end of the season.