Manchester United have been in talks with AC Milan for the “last few weeks” about the availability of striker Krzysztof Piatek, according to reports.
United, who saw Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez depart in the summer without signing replacements, have also suffered injuries to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Such problems have seen 18-year-old Mason Greenwood step into the limelight impressively but United learned on Sunday that they will be without Rashford until around April due to a double stress fracture in his back.
Subsequently, it was claimed that the Red Devils were keen to step up their search for a forward but according to The Athletic‘s David Ornstein, United have been trying for a forward for a while.
The journalist claims that the club were in contact with Milan over Piatek even before Rashford suffered his injury against Wolves, similar to the time that Tottenham were heavily linked with the Polish international.
Ornstein said: “I managed to get some information that prior to that, so within the last few weeks around the time that Tottenham were very heavily linked with him, there was actually contact from Manchester United to AC Milan to establish the status of that situation with Spurs and other clubs.
“It was less to register their interest and more asked to be kept up to date with what’s going on with Piatek. United do have an element of interest there.
“He is also as we know as it was widely reported being tracked by Tottenham, Aston Villa and Fiorentina, even though they have recently signed a striker [Patrick Cutrone] and also Newcastle.”
However, Ornstein provided more details on United’s hunt for Piatek, claiming that Milan only want to sell the striker for €35m.
Otherwise, the journalist says, clubs will have to include an option to buy in any potential loan deal until the end of the season.
Solskjaer spoke to the press on Tuesday morning and elaborated on Rashford’s injury, insisting that it is one the England international has not suffered before.
He said: “He’s not had that injury before, no. He complained a little bit after Burnley, he felt it the first time, and we managed him as well as we could then, he had some days off for treatment, taken off in games and suddenly this was a new injury.
“He didn’t have any injuries before then.”