Despite Rasmus Hojlund’s request to leave Atalanta this summer, insiders have told kooxdena that the coveted striker won’t be sold cheaply.
Hojlund moved to Atalanta in a €17 million transfer last summer from Sturm Graz, who had recruited him from Copenhagen the previous January. Manchester United is interested in the Dane, who has eight goals in 31 Serie A games this season.
Hojlund, according to Kooxdena, has made it known to the Serie A club through his agents SEG that he wants to move on following their failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Chelsea have previously held preliminary conversations with Atalanta regarding a prospective transfer, with Atalanta CEO Luca Percassi visiting England in April for exploratory talks.
Manchester United are now in talks with Percassi, while Arsenal, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain have all spoken with Atalanta and the player’s representation.
SEG also represents United manager Erik ten Hag, who has been interested in Hojlund for much of this year.
United’s preferred strategy this summer is to bring in two strikers.
The Red Devils are interested in two players: one younger and one more experienced. Hojlund falls under the first category, although he is not inexpensive.
Atalanta has warned United and other interested parties that it will cost €65m to €70m (£55m) to entice the 20-year-old away from Gewiss Stadium.
Atalanta would earn more than treble what they paid for him in only one season with that sum.
In addition to Hojlund, United are still considering Harry Kane, Victor Osimhen, Lauturo Martinez, Benjamin Sesko, Mohammed Kudus, and Randal Kolo-Muani.