As Rasmus Hojlund, Manchester United’s rising star, returned to Atalanta after an impressive stint with Denmark, his former teammate Giorgio Scalvini offered a reminder not to let success overshadow humility.
Both players had shared the pitch at Atalanta, known for nurturing young talents. Hojlund’s departure for Old Trafford last summer was a £72 million deal.
Now, Scalvini is in the spotlight, with strong links to a move to Manchester United under the new Ineos and Sir Jim Ratcliffe era.
The versatile and composed young defender is attracting attention from European heavyweights, including Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, and Bayern Munich, with a reported asking price of £44 million.
In an April interview addressing the speculation, Scalvini expressed contentment at Atalanta, emphasizing that he remains focused on the present and is unaffected by transfer rumors.
The 20-year-old exhibits maturity beyond his years and versatility, capable of playing in various defensive positions and defensive midfield.
At Atalanta, Scalvini has rapidly progressed, accumulating over 60 senior appearances and earning seven caps for the Italian national side.
His professionalism and dedication have garnered praise from his club manager Gian Piero Gasperini and former Italy boss Roberto Mancini.
A summer move appears likely, and Manchester United aims to position themselves as a top choice, addressing a position that has posed challenges.
While the allure of United may not be as strong as before, the dawn of a new era could influence Scalvani’s decision, especially with Hojlund serving as an advocate within the team.
As Scalvini and Hojlund reunite, there’s hope they can contribute to bringing positive moments back to Old Trafford.