Manchester United report: Wonderkid striker to join for €50m

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 leg one match between Manchester United and Real Betis at Old Trafford on March 09, 2023 in Manchester, England.
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Manchester United could pay just €50 million to sort their striker woes this summer and fix their frontline.

The Red Devils have been lacking in a proven No.9 ever since Cristiano Ronaldo had his contract terminated at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford – who functions best on the left – has played up front in spells and was tasked with the job in the FA Cup final.

Anthony Martial has featured up front for Manchester United, too, while Wout Weghorst was brought in on loan as another option for the role – though he didn't score a single Premier League goal. 

Wout Weghorst

Wout Weghorst underwhelmed for Manchester United, according to some (Image credit: Getty)

Manager Erik ten Hag is said to have his eye on a number of strikers including the likes of Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen – but one cut-price option has emerged for his side.

According to Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, Atalanta hitman Rasmus Hojlund could be available this summer for €50m – around £43m. 

The powerful Dane has the height and physicality that Ten Hag is looking for in a focal point and has impressed during his time in Serie A. At just 20, there is plenty of development left in him, too.

Arsenal have previously been interested in the forward but with Ten Hag now has a conundrum to consider. With such a young forward, the Dutchman has to consider whether Hojlund is ready at such a young age or whether €50m is too expensive a price to pay for a rotational option at the club.

Rasmus Hojlund of Denmark celebrates after scoring their third goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifier match between Denmark and Finland at Parken on March 23, 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Rasmus Hojlund may cost Manchester United €50m (Image credit: Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Hojlund – who has been compared to Erling Haaland – only moved to Atalanta last summer from Sturm Graz, for a fee in the region of €17m

The striker is valued at €35m by Transfermarkt

More Manchester United stories

Manchester United transfer news is doing the rounds, with the Red Devils said to be in the market for several stars this summer. 

Ten Hag wants a new striker. Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund has been linked with a £40m move, while Mohammed Kudus would cost as much, too. Kim Min-jae is seriously linked, while Mason Mount continues to be rumoured, too. Incredibly, Neymar has been linked as well

United have also been reported to have interest in US midfielder Taylor Booth, while Adrian Rabiot has been linked, too.

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.