Manchester United will have to carefully navigate the summer transfer window after splashing the cash last time around. And that could have consequences on their hunt for an elite striker.
The Red Devils have been linked with a plethora of world-class finishers including Tottenham talisman Harry Kane, Serie A top scorer Victor Osimhen, Benfica sensation Goncalo Ramos and Chelsea loan star Joao Felix.
It is easy to see why the club needs a new striker. With the exception of Marcus Rashford, no other player has hit double figures for the season.
Add to it the persistent injury troubles faced by United No 9 Anthony Martial and the lack of goals from loan signing Wout Weghorst and a new striker is of paramount importance for manager Erik ten Hag.
High valuations for all United targets
However, it will not be easy for the club to sign one of their top targets due to the prices being bandied about.
Kane is likely to cost £100million while Osimhen and Ramos are valued at €150 million and €120 million respectively. Even Atletico Madrid are hoping to recoup at least €100 million from Felix’s sale.
The Reds need to sell well in order to raise enough capital to go after one of the big guns. Due to uncertainty surrounding the whole process, the club are keeping back-up options ready.
One star who has caught the eye of United and the rest of the world is Atalanta’s rising star Rasmus Højlund.
The Danish international recently scored five goals in the two Euro 2024 qualifiers and returned to Atalanta and produced an assist.
The 20-year-old has eight goals and two assists from 14 starts across all competitions and it is easy to see why the 20-time English league champions have been linked with the striker.
However, United could face stiff competition from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich who are said to be having ‘€50m ready’ to spend on him.
Tutto Atalanta report, “The German giant is ready to put 50 million euros on the plate to secure the young talent , thus anticipating a possible summer auction that would involve Manchester United, Newcastle and Arsenal in the race for the player.”
Rasmus Højlund is a striker in demand
However, the Serie A side have ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League next season and thus they would like to keep hold of the former Sturm Graz star. That would enable them to sell him at an even higher price.
“Atalanta has ambitious goals: aiming to qualify for Europe, preferably the Champions League, with Højlund among its ranks and resist the sieges of the big European clubs.
“The Nerazzurri’s idea is to keep the precious Danish striker for another season and, thanks to his constant growth and enormous potential, hope to sell him for even more extraordinary figures in 12 months, estimating a value of at least 80 million euros.”
Højlund is a self-confessed United fan and the Red Devils should ideally try and secure his signature on the cheap as his value will likely keep soaring due to the displays he is putting in on a consistent basis.
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