Man Utd have £78m option for Rasmus Hojlund transfer as ‘fear’ over deal grows.
Manchester United have been tracking Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund in a bid to boost Erik ten Hag’s attacking options, but could now move for Randal Kolo Muani.
Manchester United have secured the services of Andre Onana and are now shifting their focus to strengthening their attacking options.
While Rasmus Hojlund is their main target, negotiations have hit a snag due to Atalanta’s high asking price. As a result, United are also considering alternative options, including a possible move for Randal Kolo Muani from Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Red Devils are on the verge of completing their second signing of the summer transfer window, with Onana’s arrival imminent.
The Inter goalkeeper will undergo a medical before finalizing his £43m move to Old Trafford and United are now keen to strengthen their attacking line-up, reports the Mirror.
Hojlund has emerged as the club’s number one target for the forward role. The 20-year-old Denmark international has already agreed personal terms and wants to move to United.
However, negotiations with Atalanta have hit a snag, with the Italian club demanding €70m plus add-ons for Hojlund, a valuation that ESPN say United consider excessive for a young player with just one season of Serie A experience.
Hojlund had an impressive debut season with Atalanta, contributing 10 goals and four assists in 34 appearances in all competitions. He has also shown his talent on the international stage, scoring six goals in as many games and is under contract until June 2027.
Despite their pursuit of Hojlund, United are simultaneously working on a contingency plan. They have set their sights on Kolo Muani, who currently plies his trade at Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 24-year-old striker had an outstanding season, scoring 23 goals for the German side and catching the eye of scouts while representing France at the recent World Cup in Qatar. Kolo Muani, like Hojlund, is tied to a long-term contract that runs until June 2027.
Earlier this year, Frankfurt valued him at £78m. However, the player has expressed his desire to join a bigger club in the future, potentially opening the door to a move to United.
In an interview with L’Equipe in March, Kolo Muani said: “We talk a lot about it already, but I try to be focused on my club. We continue our shows and we will see this summer.
“Then, I always dreamed of playing in big clubs. I thought it would take me a while to adjust, maybe a year. But everything exploded. Either way, I’m ready for any challenge.”
Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag is open to the idea of offloading Anthony Martial this summer, which would create further opportunities for future strikers. However, Marcus Rashford has committed his future to the club by signing a new five-year contract worth £400,000-a-week.
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