Senior Manchester United figures are confident of pulling off two transfer deals this month.
Starsport understands the club are closing in on a £60m deal for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder after both clubs’ officials held talks in London on Friday.
But that may not be the only new face to come through the doors at Old Trafford before the end of the window.
The Athletic state United are working on a number of deals behind the scenes and senior bosses are confident a total of two new signings will be secured in January.
The report suggests United have discussed plans to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz but he is valued at over €100m and the club would prefer to reassess in the summer.
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The likes of Leicester’s James Maddison and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish have also been considered but both clubs are unlikely to part with their prized assets midway through the season.
Solskjaer spoke openly about his views on transfers in his Friday press conference and insists he will risk own future and reputation for the good of United’s long-term progress.
United legend Gary Neville has urged Solskjaer to be selfish and spend the club's money on some fresh faces as soon as possible.
But the Norwegian boss is not prepared to make signings for the sake of it.
“Not at all. I am not going to protect myself. I am going to do what is best for the club, what I think and what we feel is right for the club. I will never put myself before the club,” he said.
"This is Manchester United and there is no 'I' in Manchester. For me, there is no 'I' in this team and I could never do that (make panic signings). That's not me. I'm working for Manchester United, not myself.
"I'm having conversations with Ed (Woodward, executive vice chairman) all the time and we are looking at how we are going to look in one month's time, five month's time and the longer period.
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"He knows my feelings and we are very happy with these players.
"You wouldn't put yourself in a situation where you've done something that you regret in 18 months time.
“We've got to do due diligence. It's about the character and quality of players that are right to fit into this squad."
United are in action against Norwich on Saturday (3pm).
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