The Ukranian champions have had an impressive Champions League campaign this season qualifying in second place in group E ahead of current cup holders Chelsea.
Brazilian Fernandinho has been an integral part of this success scoring in the 2-1 win over Chelsea last month and his displays in Europe have attracted interest from a number of top clubs, but it seems Manchester will be his destination.
“I am closing a deal with an English club. I will play in Manchester in January,” he told Calciomercato.
The 27-year-old midfielder joined Shakhtar in 2005 and during his time has scored 51 goals in 273 appearances in all competitions while also earning his first international cap for Brazil in 2011.
Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to bolster his squad as his side look to reclaim their title from bitter rivals Manchester City, while City have had an indifferent start to the season after crashing out of Europe without a win.
However they are only three points behind Manchester United in the Premier League and will hope new additions to the squad in January can help them overhaul their neighbours. The two sides meet in the first Manchester derby of the season at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon.