BREAKING: Manchester United to pay £40m for ‘the next Erling Haaland’.

Manchester United are said to be leading the race for a Danish ace compared to Erling Haaland, who would set the Red Devils back around £40m

Manchester United is interested in a player who is expected to cost them £40 million and is dubbed the “next Erling Haaland.”

The Red Devils have had a successful season, and last night’s decisive 4-1 victory over Chelsea ensured their inclusion in the Champions League for the upcoming campaign. However, despite last night’s abundance of goals, manager Erik ten Hag has had trouble finding a striker.

Infamously, Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United in the middle of the season after a disagreement with the Dutch coach, who temporarily replaced him by loaning Wout Weghorst to Manchester United. This summer, though, United are rumored to be interested in signing a top-tier forward, with Harry Kane being the top target.

According to the Guardian, Victor Osimhen of Napoli and Rasmus Hojlund of Atalanta are the two options next on the shortlist for the No.9 spot. Osimhen’s £130m-odd asking price, however, puts him firmly out of reach.

That just leaves Hojlund, who has been compared to Norwegian goal sensation Haaland for his similar style. The Dane is just 20 years old and like Manchester City’s record-breaking forward, is a tall, physical threat in attack and a natural finisher. 

According to The Times, Hojlund would set United back £40m, with the Dane being seen as an option for the future rather than someone to set the side alight immediately.

While it remains unlikely that United would dedicate enough of their budget to Hojlund and one of Kane or Osimhen, they could find themselves in the scenario they were in when they bought Edinson Cavani on Deadline Day of 2020. United signed the Uruguayan veteran as cover in attack but also brought in Amad Diallo – from Atalanta, incidentally – and Facundo Pellistri as options to develop in the coming years. 

Hojlund may well be seen as a similar kind of transfer to Ten Hag. United may be letting go of Anthony Martial among other forwards, creating a void of squad players who can slot in at No.9. 

Hojlund is valued at valued by Transfermarkt to be worth around €35m.

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