Manchester United could be gazumped to star striker signing with PSG circling: report

Manager Erik ten Hag of Manchester United in action during a pre-season first team training session at Carrington Training Ground on July 06, 2023 in Manchester, England.
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Manchester United could be beaten to the signing of a player they've reportedly already agreed terms with. PSG are waiting in the wings and could be set to steal in on any potential collapse.

The Red Devils are currently working hard to agree a deal with Inter Milan for goalkeeper Andre Onana, meaning their focus on a new striker currently isn't the priority. 

Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen have both been linked to Manchester United this summer, but recent developments mean both deals look unlikely. However, there's a cheaper alternative they've been tracking, but PSG are ready to beat them to the transfer.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, while Rasmus Hojlund remains top of Manchester United's list for a new striker, and personal terms already agreed, no official bid to Atalanta has actually been made.

Romano also writes that PSG have enquired about the availability of Hojlund, and the Ligue 1 side could scupper any potential deal for the Dane to move Old Trafford with a bid that matches Atalanta's reported £40m demands

The report does suggest that Hojlund is very keen on a move to Manchester United though, where it seems like he'd automatically become Erik ten Hag's starting striker. 

Manchester United want Denmark's forward Rasmus Hojlund celebrates after scoring a goal during Group H Euro 2024 Qualifying match between Slovenia and Denmark at the Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana, Slovenia on June 19, 2023.

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PSG have already announced five signings this transfer window, with Marco Asensio, Milan Skriniar, Manuel Ugarte, Lucas Hernandez and Kang-in Lee all joining the club. The French champions are ready to add Hojlund to their ranks, though, beating Manchester United in the process.

Compared to Erling Haaland, Hojlund is a tall, physical threat in attack and a natural finisher. After losing Lionel Messi and Mauro Icardi already this summer, PSG are in need of a striker and could make a move for the 20-year-old. 

Transfermarkt values Hojlund at around the £40m price Atalanta want for him, with his potential a major reason for his worth.

Manchester United rumoured transfer target Rasmus Hojlund looks on during the Serie A match between Lazio and Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico on 11 February, 2023 in Rome, Italy.

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More Manchester United news

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

Wonderkid Vitor Roque has been linked, while Portuguese teen Joao Neves is on the radarUnited have also enquired about Theo Hernandez, while Jadon Sancho has been put up for sale.

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford looks set to remain with a bumper new contract.

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.