Manchester United is ready to set a deadline for Inter Milan to meet their asking price for Romelu Lukaku.
Concerning a replacement, Solskjaer has already looked at potential targets with Lille forward Nicolas Pepe one player United have expressed interest in.
The Norwegian originally made Jadon Sancho his top attacking target – but England winger looks certain to remain at Borussia Dortmund for at least another year.
Time is running out for Inter come up with a suitable offer for Lukaku after United rejected their £54million bid over the weekend.
Old Trafford’s hierarchy adamant they will at least get back the whole £75m they paid Everton for the Belgium international – but believe his value has risen after two years at the club, and are looking for closer to £80m.e
It is believed Antonio Conte was promised the 26-year-old when taking over at Inter and he has been left furious at the Italian giants’ failure to get the deal over the line.
Lukaku clearly doesn’t figure in Solskjaer’s plans and hasn’t played a single minute of United’s three pre-season games on their tour of Australia and Asia due to minor injuries picked up in training.
There are now less than three weeks until the August 8 Premier League transfer deadline – and United would not be happy going into the final days of the window having to secure a replacement.
They have made slow progress of their transfer business so far, with the signings of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka proving protracted before eventually being completed.
They are still locked in talks with Leicester over Harry Maguire after having two bids for the £90m-rated England international rejected.
They are also preparing their next move for Sean Longstaff after balking at Newcastle’s £50m valuation for the midfielder.
Long-standing interest in Bruno Fernandes is still ongoing, with Solskjaer desperate to have a settled squad in place by the start of the season.
Inter’s move for Lukaku hinges on their ability to sell Mauro Icardi and release much-needed funds.
Woodward is working on United’s remaining business after staying behind in the UK and missing his first summer tour since taking charge of the club in 2013.
He is hoping to reach a breakthrough over Maguire imminently, with United expected to increase their last bid of around £70m for the centre back.
Source: Evening Standard