Manchester United are willing to pay Molde £6 million as a goodwill gesture to appoint Ole Gunner Solskjaer on a permanent basis, even though the interim boss is no longer contract at his former club.
According to The Sun, Solskjaer is expected to be appointed as the next permanent Man United manager in the coming weeks. The Norwegian also revealed earlier this week that his contract with Molde had expired. If that is the case then United would have no obligation to pay Molde a fee for the Norwegians services.
Originally Solskjaer was going to remain in charge at Old Trafford until the end of the season and then return to Molde in May.
Speaking about his future on the Fotballklubben podcast, the baby faced assassin said:
I'm not sure how it works. I think the contract is expired and that I'm now under contract with Manchester United. I think we need a new contract there.
A few weeks before being appointed interim boss at Old Trafford, Solskjaer had signed a three-year contract extension to extend his second spell in charge at Molde.
Throughout all of this, the Manchester United board have maintained a good relationship with Molde and are hugely appreciative that they allowed Solskjaer to take charge straight away. As a mark of appreciation, United are willing to make the £6 million goodwill gesture once Solskjaer is officially appointed as United manager.
While there are under no obligation to do so, the Premier League club feel that compensating the Norwegians would be the correct action to take, as Solskjaer would still be at the club were it not for United's intervention.
The Red Devils have undergone a complete transformation since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December, winning 13 out of 16 games and reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014.