Man Utd set to make fresh offer for striker after ‘bargain-bucket bid’; Ten Hag to sell £115m quartet

Joe Williams
Man Utd transfer target Rasmus Hojlund
Rasmus Hojlund is a target for Man Utd.

Man Utd will make a second bid for Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund after their first offer fell short, according to reports.

The Red Devils are desperate to sign a new striker this summer as they still look for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the club at the end of November following a controversial interview with Piers Morgan.

They did bring in Netherlands international Wout Weghorst from Burnley in January with the former Wolfsburg striker joining until the end of last season.

Weghorst didn’t impress and has returned to Burnley with Man Utd now looking for a big upgrade up front to help Erik ten Hag take the club to the next level.

Man Utd have been linked with Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos, Eintract Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani and Atalanta’s Hojlund, among others.

And The Sun have revealed that Man Utd are ‘preparing a second bid of £40m’ in an effort to sign Hojlund from Atalanta this summer after their ‘bargain-bucket bid’ of £30m was rejected by the Serie A side last week.

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The 20-year-old has caught the eye this season with his impressive performances for club and country with nine goals and two assists in 32 appearances for Atalanta, although only 20 of those were from the start.

There are widespread reports that the Red Devils only have £120m to spend this summer with around £60m of that already earmarked for Mason Mount’s imminent arrival from Chelsea.

That gives them a very limited budget for other transfers, without major sales, ruling out many of their ideal targets like Osimhen and Kane.

In order to raise funds Ten Hag has ordered the Man Utd board to sell Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay, Anthony Martial and Fred this summer.

Maguire, who is reportedly valued at around £35m, has dropped well down the pecking order at Old Trafford with left-back Luke Shaw starting ahead of him in central defence on occasion last season.

Man Utd are reportedly asking for £40m for McTominay and another £15m for midfield team-mate Fred with Fulham interested in the latter.

And The Sun adds that the Premier League side are ‘now listening to offers’ for Martial, whose price is set at £25m, with Man Utd ‘desperate’ to offload all four players to raise around £115m.

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