Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini has revealed his hope that the club raise between £70-£86million for star striker Rasmus Hojlund, as he doesn’t “know if he’ll stay”, amid Manchester United interest.
United have been tipped to sign a host of strikers this summer. Indeed, the requirement for them to add to their forward line, particularly in the centre, is evident.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are the only senior striking options, and there’s reason for neither to be deployed as the central striker on a permanent basis.
Harry Kane, Dusan Vlahovic and Victor Osimhen are among the strikers that could be added to the mix to round out the Old Trafford outfit. However, it’s Atalanta man Hojlund who seems to be their main priority, with a recent report stating United are ‘ready’ to submit an offer of £35-40million.
That offer might be shut down very quickly, as Atalanta have previously asked for approximately £60million for their striker, though United seemingly believe £50million will be enough, so they may just be testing the waters.
There seems a good chance they’ll have to pay more than that, with the boss of the Serie A outfit suggesting he’d ask for more if he was in charge of the decision.
“I hope the club will value Højlund around €80m, €90m or €100m fee. There are strong players who struggle to find a place and other young players who reach certain figures, Hojlund is among the very best emerging players in Europe,” Gasperini told Sky Sport Italia.
Whether or not they do value Hojlund at the top end of that bracket (approx £86million) remains to be seen. However, it’s clear Gasperini feels he’s worth that, and it seems he’s wary that the striker could leave the club this summer.
“If he stays? I don’t know, honestly I don’t know, the transfer market is unpredictable. I don’t know the value of the player, he can be worth even €100 million, but the market value is uncertain,” Gasperini added.
The ball is firmly in United’s court, and while the Atalanta manager wants a huge sum, previous reports suggest the board won’t ask for that much, so the transfer could be within the range the Red Devils were hoping for.
That Hojlund might not command a huge fee will be ideal for United. While there’s a lot of hype around him, he’s played just one season in a top-five European league, in which he scored nine goals, so there’s no guarantee he’ll be a great fit at the club, despite seemingly having a high ceiling.