Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has held talks with Thiago Alcantara about a potential move to Old Trafford, according to reports in Norway.

Thiago has been heavily linked with a move to United’s bitter rivals Liverpool this summer, yet the Premier League champions are struggling to meet Bayern Munich’s £27million asking price.

The Spain midfielder has informed Bayern of his desire to leave the club, nonetheless, and is said to be waiting on Liverpool to get a deal over the line.

Yet according to Norwegian journalist Fredrik A.N. Filtvedt, Solskjaer has spoken with Thiago in person about joining United instead.

Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool this summer

The Red Devils’ interest comes as a surprise given some of their recent transfer business, with a total of £107million spent on two central midfielders in the past eight months.

Bruno Fernandes completed a £67million move from Sporting Lisbon back in January, while Donny van de Beek joined the club in a £40million switch from Ajax on Wednesday.

But reports in Norway suggest Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has held talks with the midfielder about joining Manchester United instead

However, it is believed Thiago’s wage demands are currently proving too steep for United.

Solskjaer is only interested in signing players who want to join for the right reasons, and not for the money.

The Norwegian clearly believes Van de Beek fits that mould, waxing lyrical about the Dutchman after signing him on Wednesday.

United's interest is a surprise given they spent £67million on Bruno Fernandes in January

“Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team and has the personality required to succeed at Manchester United,” he told United’s official website.

“His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities that we have in midfield and his arrival really strengthens the depth of talent we have in that position.

The Red Devils also added Donny van de Beek to their ranks on Wednesday

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“Donny’s performances in the Eredivisie and in Europe have been excellent over the last few years and we are all looking forward to working with him.”

Van de Beek has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Old Trafford, which includes the option of a further year.