MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly planning to play Bruno Fernandes as a second striker.
Manchester United boss Solskjaer wants to sign Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon to compensate for the recent departures of Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini.
The Portugal international hit 31 goals for Sporting last season and also starred as his country won the Nations League, beating Switzerland and Holland on their way to glory.
Manchester United are yet to make their move with the club prioritising a deal for Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire.
Yet Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha claim United still want to bring Fernandes in as well.
It is claimed that the player’s agent, Miguel Pinho, is in England to discuss a move to Old Trafford for his client.
And United intend to formalise the proposal to be sent to Sporting early next week.
The report adds that Solskjaer sees Fernandes as a No 10 – and that could see Jesse Lingard relegated to the bench.
Lingard has caught the eye during pre-season, impressing Solskjaer with his professionalism and work rate.
Yet he could find himself among the substitutes with the United boss supposedly intending to play him as a second striker.
This is reportedly because Solskjaer wants to make the most of Fernandes’ finishing skills.
But whether United get a deal done remains to be seen.
Solskjaer recently insisted he was still hoping to strengthen the squad this summer, saying: “I can’t say much other than that we have a good squad now.
“The ones we have here are a good team.
“Then we always see alternatively whether we can get better. A lot has been written and we have certainly been linked to 150 players this summer.
“But one or two moves can happen, both in and out, it can still happen.”
United have already completed two signings so far this transfer window.
Daniel James was the first to arrive with the Wales international touching down from Swansea in June for £18million.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka then followed from Crystal Palace, arriving for £50m.
Both players have impressed on United’s pre-season tour with the club winning four times from four matches.