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‘Above all’: Man Utd leading race to sign Rasmus Hojlund, need to make ‘big offer’

Manchester United have the upper hand in the race to sign Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (page 20).

The Red Devils are targeting a new striker in the upcoming transfer window, and it has recently been reported that Hojlund is on the club’s radar.

Gazzetta dello Sport now reveal that Atalanta are open to parting ways with the 20-year-old if they receive a ‘big offer’ in the region of £51 million.

The publication add that it would be ‘disrespectful’ for the Serie A outfit to reject such a proposal, considering they bought him for only £17m.

A number of European clubs are interested in the Danish sensation, but it is reported that United are ‘above all’ in the pursuit to land his services.

Hojlund would be a superb long-term signing

The Denmark international is currently a raw talent, but has plenty of potential in him.

He is a left-footed striker with plenty of pace, and has a strong physical and aerial presence. Hojlund has also impressed with his link-up play as well as his finishing in the box.

His attributes have led to comparisons with Manchester City’s Erling Braut Haaland. He is nowhere near the Norwegian’s ability, but has the traits to develop in a similar fashion.

Erik ten Hag built his reputation at Ajax by developing young graduates into top-class players, and he could transform Hojlund into a potent goalscorer in a couple of seasons.

The Dutch tactician has already spoken with the striker through multiple video calls. Hojlund could be easily convinced to join the club as he is a self-proclaimed United fan.

Hojlund scored 16 goals and provided seven assists during the 2022/23 season. Out of the 23 goal contributions, 14 came with Atalanta. He joined them from Sturm Graz in late August.

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