Manchester United and Serie A side Atalanta have reached a significant agreement regarding the acquisition of striker Rasmus Højlund. The 20-year-old Danish talent is poised to join the English club pending a medical examination and the finalization of personal terms.
The deal for Højlund amounts to an initial £64 million, with an additional £8 million in potential add-ons. Initially, Atalanta had sought £77 million guaranteed for the player.
Upon completion of the deal, Højlund will commit to a five-year contract, with the possibility of extending it for an extra 12 months. A formal announcement of his signing is anticipated this week.
Manchester United is eager to expedite the process so that Højlund can participate in some of the remaining preseason fixtures. The team is scheduled to play against Lens on Saturday and Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
It is worth noting that the player’s preference has always been a move to Old Trafford, eliminating concerns about Paris Saint-Germain’s interest in him.
Recent signings by Atalanta, such as El Bilal Toure from Almeria, have provided reassurance to Manchester United about securing Højlund’s services. The young striker was also omitted from the squad that played against Bournemouth in a preseason friendly.
Manchester United’s transfer activity is now mostly concluded, with any further arrivals contingent on player departures. Key players like Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay, Fred, and Donny van de Beek have garnered interest, and replacements could be pursued should they leave.
The club continues to hold a strong interest in Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat.
Following a friendly match with Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen expressed his thoughts on the potential arrival of Rasmus Højlund:
“What’s he like? He’s a strong number nine,” Eriksen said.
“He’s developed a lot in the last year from when I first saw him with the national team [to] a year’s time, so, yeah, he’s a very good player.”