But that would be beefed up by including a player in the deal, with Brazilian midfielder Pereira, who stands to be replaced in the United team by Fernandes, the latest to be offered in a loan deal.
The report from the Telegraph claims Fernandes has informed Sporting he would like to join the Red Devils this month if a deal can be struck between the clubs. For a club with serious financial difficulties, it's perhaps no surprise the news is being taken well by investors.
With Paul Pogba recovering from a troublesome ankle injury and Scott McTominay also out with a knee ligament injury, Solskjaer needs midfield reinforcements and it appears United have identified Fernandes as a cheaper alternative to the likes of James Maddison and Jack Grealish.
25-year-old Portuguese footballer Bruno Fernandes operates as the central offensive midfielder for Sporting Lisbon - a club in the Portuguese football league, Primeira Liga.
Bruno Fernandes is reportedly Manchester United's primary transfer target, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no fresh update on the matter.
Fernandes has scored eight goals and made seven assists in 15 league games for Sporting Lisbon so far this season.
Asked about Fernandes, Solskjaer replied: "Bruno Fernandes? I'm already thinking about the game with Benfica [on Friday] and I'm thinking about using him", Silas said.
"We've seen before them being linked with certain players and they've not really shown an interest in coming".
"I can't talk about individuals that play for other clubs, but I've got to say I do have the backing".