Manchester United are looking to strengthen in the majority of departments this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is aware of United’s need to add star quality in almost every position with a move for Harry Maguire nearing – and the next arrival could be in the centre of midfield.
The club are confident £50m-rated Bruno Fernandes will move to Old Trafford with a bid due at some point in the next three weeks, according to the Independent.
The Sporting Lisbon star is among the most exciting young talents in Europe and the Portuguese side won’t allow him to leave on the cheap.
Fernandes is understood to be keen on a move to the Premier League after he scored 31 goals last term.
The Red Devils situation is helped by the fact the 24-year-old is not being coveted by any of their rivals who view him as a back-up, rather than a first choice, signing.
United are ready to pursue the deal even if Pogba remains at the club with speculation about his future still occupying the headlines.
The Frenchman is part of the club’s pre-season tour to Australia and played in their opening contest against Perth Glory on Saturday.
He has though continued to expressed his desire to leave Manchester and pursue a new challenge.
United are loathed to let him leave given his value to the team – both on and off the pitch.
But he cut a frustrated figure towards the latter part of their recent campaign and his performances tailed off following his electric midseason form.
Should Pogba depart United would demand a fee far exceeding the club-record £89m they paid Juventus for his services in 2016.
Solskjaer also remains keen on Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff after he performed impressively in his debut season in the top flight.
The Norwegian though has been put off by the Magpies asking price which is close to the £50m they would have to pay to sign Fernandes.
United have, so far, added Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to their squad this summer as they look add to young talent as opposed to the big name additions that have been a regularity at Old Trafford in recent years.