Negotiating down prices is what transfer officials are tasked with, but ultimately it seems as though United will eventually have to meet Dortmund’s demands rather than try to low-ball the Germans.
The 21-year-old still has two years left on his contract at Dortmund and Hans-Joachim Watzke explained a few months back the club are under no pressure to sell.
It appears as though they’re willing to hold talks, but if United have serious hopes of challenging Manchester City next season then Solskjaer will need the tools at his disposal as early as possible.
Getting a solid pre-season base with his squad will be key to a fast start in the Premier League and Solskjaer will undoubtedly want to see new signings at that point.
If not, United may well suffer the same kind of start to the campaign last year where they lost three of their opening six league games.