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21/06/2023 16:53

United ‘coᴜld teṃpt Atalanta into Hojlᴜnd sale Ьy offeгinɡ foгwaгd’

Manchester United ‘could tempt Atalanta into selling Rasmus Hojlund by offering young forward on loan’… after the Serie A club slapped £86m price tag on their star striker

Manchester United could be willing to part ways with one of their most exciting youngsters to secure the signing of Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund.

United suffered a setback in their pursuit of the Danish international last week after the Italian outfit slapped a club record £86m transfer fee on the youngster.

United, whose interest in England skipper Harry Kane has cooled, could now send Atalanta a player they purchased from them just two years ago to sweeten the deal.

According to journalist Steve Bates, Erik ten Hag would be willing to sanction a year-long loan move for 20-year-old Amad Diallo to return to Bergamo, where he made four first team appearances, in the hope it’ll convince the Serie A club to budge on their asking price.

United spent £19m to bring Diallo to Old Trafford in 2021, but the Ivorian international has struggled to make an impression on the first team, featuring in nine games since his arrival.

Amad Diallo won Sunderland's Young Player of the Year award after an impressive campaign

Amad Diallo won Sunderland’s Young Player of the Year award after an impressive campaign

Erik ten Hag is desperate to bring in reinforcements to improve United's inconsistent attack

Rasmus Hojlund burst onto the scene last season and registered 23 goals involved last year

Erik ten Hag is desperate to bring in reinforcements to improve United’s inconsistent attack

However, Diallo enjoyed a breakout year in English football last season while on-loan at Championship side Sunderland.

The youngster turned out 42 times for the Black Cats as they secured a play-off spot and he grabbed the last of his 14 goals with an exquisite free-kick in a 2-1 first leg win against Luton Town last month.

Ten Hag had been willing to welcome the winger back into the first team for the upcoming campaign, but could be tempted to send him away for a season if it helps bring down Hojlund’s price.

United’s pursuit of Hojlund is set to rumble on this summer as they look to strengthen their forward line with the addition of an up-and-coming striker, who could lead the attack into the future.

The club have been strongly linked with Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen but look like they will be priced out of a move for either player – who are rated at £100m and £80m respectively.

Hojlund caught the eye in his debut campaign in Italy following his move from FC Copenhagen – netting 16 times – including the start of the season with the Danish side and laterly with the Serie A outfit.

Despite reports claiming the striker is keen on a move to the Red Devils, Atlanta remain unwilling to see the 20-year-old leave on the cheap.

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