According to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Manchester United is preparing to make their next bid for Atalanta attacker Rasmus Hojlund. The Red Devils are trying to acquire a new forward after apparently agreeing to sign Andre Onana from Inter Milan and offering Marcus Rashford a new long-term contract.
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According to reports, Erik ten Hag’s team has already negotiated personal terms with the Danish prodigy, who is eager to come to Old Trafford. The 20-year-old is also said to be their top striker target in order to strengthen their frontline.
Pedulla adds that United is preparing to make a second proposal for him at £45 million plus add-ons worth up to £51 million. According to reports, Atalanta would demand at least £51 million plus add-ons before considering moving their attacker in the summer.
However, it is reported that the valuation disparity between the two parties is not that large and that negotiations will continue in order to achieve an agreement. Pedulla adds that Hojlund is Ten Hag’s first-choice attacker and that the Denmark international is considering a move to Old Trafford despite keeping a professional demeanor during his transfer crisis.
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United are looking to sign the 20-year-old to cover a vacancy in their number nine position after struggling for goals in the Premier League last season, scoring the third-fewest goals of any team in the top half of the table.
Hojlund, who was praised by Atalanta manager Gian Pieri Gasperini for his ‘amazing margins’ last season, had an eventful debut season for the Serie A club. In 32 games in the Italian league, he scored nine goals and supplied four assists while playing as number nine.
The Danish attacker possesses speed, which will help him fit in at Old Trafford and with Ten Hag’s fast-paced attacking style. He is a clinical goal-scorer with a similar flair to Erling Haaland, and he has the greatest years ahead of him. That is why the Red Devils are attempting to sign him, though it is unclear whether he will be able to do so anytime soon.