Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund remains “very keen” on joining Manchester United, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Reports in the Italian media had suggested that the Red Devils have made multiple bids for the Danish international but Romano has refuted those claims. The journalist says that, while the forward is interested in moving to Manchester, no formal talks about a transfer have taken place:
“The player is very keen on the move. Now it’s on the clubs, so let’s see how Man United will act in terms of negotiations, club to club.”
Hojlund does seem to be United’s main priority to strengthen the club’s options up front. Talk about signing Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani and Juventus’s Dusan Vlahovic has gone pretty quiet recently and that may be down to the budget.
While those three players could cost a minimum of £70m, it is believed that Atalanta may demand around €60m (£51m) for Hojlund.
The striker has already expressed an interest in joining United
Earlier this year, when Erik ten Hag’s side, Chelsea and Newcastle were all mentioned as potential suitors for the 20-year-old, the player spoke out about being a fan of the Red Devils:
” I won’t hide the fact that I’m a huge Manchester United fan. So personally, it’d be one of the biggest things for me [moving to Old Trafford]. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I’d turn down other big clubs if the offers come at some point.”
Signing a keeper remains a priority
The main reason why United have not officially tabled an offer for Hojlund so far this summer is due to the fact that they have focused their efforts on recruiting in other positions first.
Having snapped up Mason Mount, they have now moved on to pursuing a goalkeeper and an opening bid for Inter’s Andre Onana has already been made. It’s likely that discussions for Hojlund will only begin once they have wrapped up a deal for a new number one.