Manchester City could be about to get one over arch-rivals Manchester United, with reports suggesting that the reigning Premier League champions are planning to hijack the Red Devils' deal for an £86 million-rated star. Guardiola prepared to lose David Silva who will end his 10-year stay at the Etihad Stadium end of the season.
According to the same story, Sporting Lisbon are thought to be demanding a total of €80m for Fernandes but Manchester United are unwilling to overpay for the playmaker.
Reports in Lisbon claim the deal is in the balance, while Sky Sports News are being told to "expect anything".
"We understand the ambition of the player, who prefers to play in a league superior to ours".
"We'll try to keep him for more games, but it's not up to us".
Fernandes, meanwhile, has continued his fine run of form with 15 goals and 13 assists in 25 outings across all competitions so far this season.
Solskjaer is desperate to add some creativity to his squad this month as Paul Pogba is out with an ankle injury and Marcus Rashford is facing at least two months on the sidelines with a fractured back.
It was reported by Sky Sports on Friday that Manchester United were close to agreeing a deal worth around £60 million (€70m) for the Portugal worldwide, £43m (€50m) being paid upfront, and the remainder being paid in add-ons.