Rasmus Hojlund transfer: Manchester United lead the race for promising Atalanta striker, readying big-money bid

Rasmus Hojlund's performances for Atalanta and Denmark have demanded attention this season, and Premier League giants Manchester United are keen to sign him on the request of coach Erik ten Hag.

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Manchester United’s transfer activity is set to begin early this summer and while Atalanta are unlikely to want to see striker Rasmus Hojlund leave Bergamo in the upcoming transfer window, the Premier League giants are expected to make a huge offer for the youngster after just one season in Serie A.

Despite arriving from Sturm Graz for just €17 million in the summer of 2022, the Nerazzurri could see a significant return on that investment, with the English club willing to pay as much as €60 million for the Denmark international.

However, the Red Devils are also monitoring Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and Randal Kolo Muani of Germain side Eintracht Frankfurt, with the latter also having arrived at their current club last summer.

Hojlund first choice for Manchester United

Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund gives a thumbs up. (@Atalanta_BC)

The 20-year-old Hojlund enjoyed a reasonable first campaign in Italy, with eight goals and four assists in Serie A – prior to Matchday 38 – but according to The Athletic, Hojlund is now the preferred choice of Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag, as there are concerns that England captain Kane will be too hard to prise away from Spurs.

With the Dane connected to the SEG Player agency, a deal between Atalanta and Manchester United could be even easier to negotiate, with company co-founder Kees Voss known to have worked on a number of deals with the Premier League side in recent years, such as Daley Blind’s move away from Old Trafford.

Rasmus Hojlund market value: Is he worth €60 million?

Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund celebrates a goal. (Photo: Getty)

Hojlund has had a rapid rise from relative unknown to finding himself at the top of the shopping list of one of the world’s richest clubs. After spending just eight months in Austria – netting 21 goals in 12 games- he moved to Serie A side Atalanta, but it was five goals for Denmark during his first international break in March 2023, that brought him to the attention of Europe’s major clubs.

Manchester United director John Murtough was quick to make contact with Atalanta and has reportedly received an encouraging response from the Bergamo club’s hierarchy. Known as a selling club, La Dea will likely demand at least €50 million for serious talks between the pair to take place.

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