Manchester United are reportedly set to test the resolve of Atalanta with an opening bid for Rasmus Hojlund, who is one of Erik ten Hag’s key targets.
The Red Devils are pushing to sign a new striker after all but completing a deal for Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Man Utd were somewhat reliant on the goals of Marcus Rashford last term. He netted 30 goals in all competitions and he has since been rewarded by a bumper new deal. Now, Ten Hag wants to bring in some quality support for him.
Some of the strikers linked with Man Utd include Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani. It now seems, however, that Hojlund is Ten Hag’s priority.
The 20-year-old scored nine goals in 32 Serie A appearances last term and is only expected to get better as he gains experience.
As previously reported by Football365, personal terms have already been agreed on between Man Utd and Hojlund. The only thing left to negotiate, therefore, is his transfer fee.
According to a report from CaughtOffside, the Red Devils are ‘ready’ to submit a bid of around £35m-£40m for Hojlund.
The Italian side are likely to ask for considerably more than that, but the report suggests ‘Man Utd will look to get the ball rolling in negotiations with an offer in that ballpark.’
Atalanta have previously put a €70m (£60.7m) price tag on Hojlund. There is a belief, however, that a deal could be struck for around £50m.
Other reports suggest Hojlund is ‘pleading’ with the Atalanta hierarchy to let him join Man Utd this summer.
The youngster would receive a huge pay rise if he makes the switch to the Premier League. As noted by TEAMtalk, his salary could increase by a staggering 800%.
Hojlund has reportedly been offered an £80,000-per-week wage at Man Utd, while he currently earns £10,000-per-week at Atalanta. So it’s no surprise he’s agreed to the move.
To move things along, the striker has pleaded with Atalanta’s CEO Luca Percassi over his desire to join Man Utd.
In conversations with Percassi, he has made clear that he wants them to let him depart for Old Trafford. He hopes they will quickly find common ground over the fee.
Any deal is likely to come too late for Hojlund to meet his new teammates on their pre-season tour of the USA. If an arrangement was to be struck before the end of the month, though, he could still debut for United in their friendly against Lens on August 5.
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see how Atalanta responds to Man Utd’s opening bid. It seems inevitable that the Red Devils will have to increase their offer to get a deal done, though.