Manchester United are edging closer to potentially signing Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund with negotiations set to take place this weekend.
The 20-year-old forward would be the no.9 signing that manager Erik ten Hag is demanding. “We will do everything in our power to get the right man in,” said the Dutchman, talking ahead of United’s pre-season friendly against Arsenal. “We know our targets and will put the effort in to get things done.
Anthony Martial is the only recognised no.9 in the senior squad but has proven too injury prone in recent years. United have needed to line-up with a false-nine in the opening pre-season friendlies because the Frenchman was still not fully fit.
Hojlund is the number one option, with Harry Kane looking set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur, and United seem to be about to take action in relation to a deal for the Denmark international.
This comes shortly after reports from French journalist Loic Tanzi, which state that Paris Saint-Germain are ready to pay €60 million for Hojlund. Luis Campos and his agent have been discussing figures for several weeks now.
With there being a limited amount of strikers on the market, United will not want to miss out on signing the talented Hojlund and are reportedly now planning their imminent attack.
Alfredo Pedulla, who was ahead of the curve in relation to United’s deal for Onana, has provided a significant update in relation to their Hojlund chase, saying that negotiations between the two clubs for the striker will take place over the weekend and a written offer is expected on Monday.
Personal terms between Hojlund and The Reds have already been agreed, with the player previously admitting that he’s a fan of the club.
United legend Andy Cole would be a fan of this potential move from United after criticising the club’s tendency of buying older strikers in recent years.
“We’re buying older centre-forwards for a hell of a lot of money and then find ourselves in the same position a couple of years later,” he said.
“This is Manchester United – we’re better than that. I’m not going to say that if Harry Kane became available for the right money I’d turn him down, obviously not.
“But I think what Manchester United have been doing for the past five or six years is bringing people in who are in their mid-30s or late 30s for a couple of years, then we do it again the season after and we do it again.”
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