Ukrainian Champions Shakhtar Donetsk have confirmed they are in negotiations regarding the transfer of midfielder, Fred.
The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, with reports in the last 24 hours suggesting a deal between the two clubs has been agreed.
While usually all transfer negotiations tend to be kept quiet, the midfielder has already been talking about a potential move to Old Trafford, and now his current employers have admitted they are in discussions over a transfer:
“We’ll get exactly the amount he costs,” club president Rinat Akhmetov told the Shakhtar website.
“We can’t get a dollar if the player costs 50 cents. We don’t want to sell him for 50 cents if the football player costs a dollar.
“This will be a market price, the fair price, and it will be beneficial both for the club inviting Fred and for us. That is, I can somewhat feel that Fred will be more expensive than Fernandinho and Teixeira.
“If Fred won Brazil caps and go to the World Cup, this indicates that Shakhtar has gathered a very strong and quality player. Why are they going? Because they know that they will come here, help us, create a name for themselves and tomorrow will be at the world’s best clubs.”
In a separate interview with the Great Football programme, Akhmetov added: “We will sell Fred to a good and strong club, do not doubt it. For how much? I cannot say so now, I can only say that Fred will cost the potential buyer more than Fernandinho (£34m) and even more expensive than Alex Teixeira (€50m).
“You know that we had negotiations with Manchester City this winter.
“There was an official offer – a very big figure. They offered us around €50m for Fred. And we had enough strength to reject it.
“Because we were playing in the Champions League, we were finishing the Ukrainian League campaign. We won the championship and the Cup.
“In principle, our decision was correct and I am convinced that we will receive and are receiving no less interesting proposals than that from Manchester City.”