Solskjaer gives green light for pursuit of record-breaking striker

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reignited the club’s interest in signing Monaco ace Pietro Pellegri.

The forward was a target for the club in 2018 following his impressive stint at Genoa as former manager Jose Mourinho tried to bring him to Old Trafford.

Instead the player joined Monaco in a £21m deal, making him the second most expensive 16-year-old of all time.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the club hopes to exploit the teenager’s lack of first team chances by testing Monaco’s resolve to keep him this summer.

Injuries and fitness issues have restricted him to just six appearances for Monaco, with a return of one goal.

“Despite suffering numerous injuries since he joined Monaco, Pietro Pellegri remains a very attractive target on the transfer market,” Di Marzio said.

“The striker born in 2001 is once again a target for Manchester United who happen to have a very good relationship with his current Ligue 1 club.”

“The future starts now for Pellegri,” he added.

“His heart is in Italy, his mind in France and he has a strong suitor in England.”

Pellegri became the first player born in 2001 to score a goal in Serie A when he found the back of the net against Roma after just three minutes.