Ten Hag ‘video calls’ £40m Haaland-esque Man Utd target and player is ‘eager to make the move’

Man Utd target Hojlund Credit: Alamy
Man Utd target Hojlund Credit: Alamy

Erik ten Hag has reportedly ‘spoken’ with Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund via a ‘video call’ and the 20-year-old is ‘eager to make the move’ to Man Utd.

One of United’s priorities this summer is to sign a new striker or two. This comes as Wout Weghorst and Anthony Martial are both likely yo leave this summer.

It was reported last month that Man Utd are looking to ‘sign an elite striker and an up-and-coming forward’ this summer.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Hojlund. The Atalanta man has emerged as one of the best young strikers in Europe and our friends over at TEAMtalk have broken down why United are interested in him.

The youngster signed for Serie A outfit Atalanta from Sturm Graz last year. He has grabbed ten goals and four assists for the Italian side during his debut season.

A report from The Athletic claims ‘Atalanta are open to a sale but are communicating an asking price of at least £40million’.

Ten Hag has already ‘spoken to Hojlund by video call’ and the report points out that he has ‘drawn comparisons with Erling Haaland’. The report adds.

‘Hojlund has already made two transfers in 18 months, having joined Sturm Graz from FC Copenhagen, his boyhood club, in January 2022. United must decide whether he is ready for the Premier League or wait to see how he develops with another campaign in Italy under his belt.

‘The player is eager to make the move to United now and has signed with agents SEG, whose co-founder Kees Vos represents Ten Hag and is a regular visitor to the club’s training base at Carrington. The agreement between Hojlund and SEG runs for only this coming transfer window.’

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The report later reveals that ‘separate discussions’ have taken place with Eintracht Frankfurt over the possibility of Man Utd signing Randal Kolo Muani.

Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos, Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and JuventusDusan Vlahovic are also mentioned as potential targets for United.

‘United are in separate discussions with Eintracht Frankfurt over France international Randal Kolo Muani. Murtough has held talks with the Bundesliga side about the 24-year-old, and the indications are he could cost as much as €80million.

‘There has also been a check on Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos, 21, and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen. President Aurelio De Laurentiis has said there’s “no way” his newly-crowned Serie A champions will sell the 24-year-old this summer.

‘United are aware of Dusan Vlahovic’s availability at Juventus, but the 23-year-old’s wages are significant.’

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