Man Utd ‘working on deal’ to sign more prolific Rasmus Hojlund alternative ahead of opening bid

Manchester United may have an alternative lined up ahead of their opening bid for Rasmus Hojlund.
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Manchester United are said to have identified a new striker target amid a pricey Rasmus Hojlund evaluation.

It’s no secret that Erik ten Hag needs a new striker this summer having only bridged the gap with Wout Weghorst’s loan deal last term. Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen quickly emerged as possible targets, but neither have proved affordable, with huge prices quoted by the clubs of each of those superstars.

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That seemingly led United to the more unproved Hojlund, who impressed during his first season with Atalanta, but the Dane’s price could lead United to move on again.

According to ESPN, Atalanta want just over £60million for their rising star striker, and United are concerned that the Italian club are not going to compromise. It’s claimed the Red Devils are now prioritising other targets as a result.

More specifically, Eintracht Frankfurt star Randal Kolo Muani is said to be the man United like. The 24-year-old Frenchman scored 15 and assisted 14 during his first season in Bundesliga, adding to a record of 21 goals and 13 assists as a youngster in Ligue 1, making 79 appearances in the French top division.

The report claims that United will ‘test Atalanta’s resolve’ with a bid, but it’s also claimed they are working on a deal to sign Muani, given they expect Atalanta to reject their bid for Hojlund. Arguably, Muani is more proven at this stage of his career, having played 118 more professional league games during his career so far.

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Though, there is more hype around Hojlund based on his six goals in six games for Denmark. The Danish striker has not been as prolific for his club, though, scoring nine goals in 32 league games for Atalanta. Muani has already got nine France caps to his name, but he has only managed to score one international goal to date.

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