Manchester United are considering a summer move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer advised Ed Woodward that at least one high class addition is needed in midfield after freeing up space with the sale of Marouane Fellaini in January.
Fernandes has been identified as a target able to add goals, creativity and energy to an area of Man Utd's team that seems limited beyond Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera.
That trio was crucial to the club's awakening under Solskjaer, but the lack of depth beyond them is considered a problem in the future.
The Sporting Fernandes captain is already at the center of some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
He has established himself as a soccer player and a long-range goal goal specialist.
And the 24-year-old 24 goals and 14 assists this season has captured United's attention ahead of what should be a busy summer at the Old Trafford.
Caretaker Solskjaer has not yet been confirmed as the next permanent director of the club, but he is advising Woodward on the transfer strategy.
The need for additions in central defense, midfield and attack have been identified.
Kalidou Koulibaly is the preferred choice of United at the center, while they are ready to pay over 80 million pounds for Jadon Sancho.
As reported by Standard Sport, the United States has cooled interest in Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, but they still intend to reinforce the doubts about the future of several players in midfield.
Juan Mata has yet to sign a new contract – and it remains to be seen whether he is on Solskjaer's long-term plans.
Herrera should extend his agreement, but, like Mata, he is a free agent in the summer.
Andreas Pereira had a 12-month option on his contract, but United knows that the next window will be their last chance to cash the Brazilian if they don't intend to tie him to a longer deal.
Meanwhile, Fred – a £ 52m signing last summer – suffered a miserable first season in England, which also raises doubts about his future.