The likes of Fred, Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard are not in the same league as Fernandes, in terms of end product and influence, scoring just twice between them in all competitions this season.
Sporting Lisbon are prepared to let him go in order ease some financial burdens and the negotiations so far are claimed to have been smooth and positive.
The United boss said: "Bruno Fernandes?".
Paul Pogba isn't expected to return for another few weeks after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury that's plagued him all season while Scott McTominay is also on the sidelines with a serious injury so Solskjaer has limited options in the middle of the park.
It was heavily reported that the Red Devils tried to sign the Portugal worldwide before the season got underway, but the club have recently reiginted their interest after reportedly meeting with Sporting president Frederico Vanadas.
In the meantime, former United player Rio Ferdinand has published a tweet to say that the signing of Bruno Fernandes is imminent.
It's said the midfielder should fly to Manchester at the beginning of this week (before midweek), since the deal with the Premier League side is practically closed.
" I wish it does not occur, yet we need to begin believing that". I know we have resources if the right player becomes available for the right money, and they've been so good to me. We are building towards something, I'm nearly getting bored myself talking about what we do have as a vision and a plan. This is where a player like Bruno Fernandes could make a world of difference.