Manchester United have reportedly considered a direct approach with Chelsea for their midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko, who just returned to London after a loan spell at AC Milan.
The 24-year-old joined the Blues for a deal worth £40 million from AS Monaco in 2017 as a replacement for Nemanja Matić, who moved to Old Trafford that summer.
The Rossoneri rejected the option to make the struggling midfielder a permanent signing at San Siro for £31 million, as Bakayoko returned to Stamford Bridge last week.
According to French radio station RMC, the Red Devils are challenging Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain, who are already on the pursuit of landing the Chelsea midfielder this window.
Leonardo Araújo, the sporting director of PSG, has already made a direct approach to bring the 24-year old to Parc des Princes.
However, RMC claimed that United are already showing interest in the Frenchman and have contacted Chelsea for a possible deal.
Solskjær is looking for a replacement of Ander Herrera, and recently said that the club are still “working on a case or two.”
In an interview with MUTV, the 46-year old Norwegian said: “I’ve been in touch with Joel [Glazer] and Ed [Woodward] and recruitment over summer.”
“There will probably be some more business done, but we are happy with what we have done so far. We want players who can get us off the edge of their seats.”
“They are hungry and at the start of their careers. They are here now.”
“We don’t expect them to set the world alight in their first day. But they have an ‘X Factor.’
“It is about them coming in, being themselves and show they want to take someone’s place.
“That should spur others on.”