Manchester United’s pursuit of Atalanta’s talented striker Rasmus Hojlund has hit a roadblock as the club is reluctant to meet Atalanta’s hefty £86m asking price. The Daily Mail reports that the Red Devils have set their limit at £60m for the 20-year-old Danish forward, determined not to overpay for the player despite him being their top No 9 target.
With the increased possibility of Tottenham selling Harry Kane, Manchester United has prioritized Hojlund as their prime target for the striker position. However, their budget constraints have already been stretched, having spent £110m on Mason Mount and Andre Onana.
United now faces the challenge of balancing their finances under the Financial Fair Play restrictions if they were to spend an additional £10m on acquiring the former Copenhagen striker. This situation necessitates the potential sale of players to make room for Hojlund’s transfer.
In the event that Atalanta does not reduce their asking price for Hojlund, Manchester United is exploring alternative options. The Mirror reports that United is also considering Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani and Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus as potential targets.
Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, has been experimenting with Jadon Sancho as a false nine during pre-season, and it is likely that he will continue with this approach when facing Real Madrid in Houston. Sancho’s development is highly anticipated by the club, especially after his struggles with physical and mental issues last season, which affected his playing time significantly.
As the transfer window continues, Manchester United faces critical decisions in their pursuit of a striker to bolster their squad for the upcoming season. With financial limitations in mind, the club must strategize carefully to secure the best possible outcome for their attacking lineup.
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