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Deal announced, with Rasmus Hojlund dreams of joining Man Utd about to come true

Atalanta and Denmark striker Rasmus Hojlund is a Man Utd transfer target

Atalanta have announced the signing of their Rasmus Hojlund replacement, with that development just one of three clear signs Man Utd are about to sign the Denmark international.

Hojlund, 20, has emerged as Man Utd and Erik ten Hag’s primary transfer target at centre-forward this summer. The Dane is coming off the back of a breakthrough campaign in which he notched 16 goals between stints at Sturm Graz and Atalanta.

The Red Devils have long since agreed personal terms with Hojlund. The striker has agreed to a five-year deal with Man Utd holding an option for a sixth.

On the subject of cost, Man Utd have already seen two bids worth €50m and €60m rejected. However, trusted transfer guru Fabrizio Romano insisted United would bid again.

Elsewhere, PSG have threatened to derail the move having lodged a €50m bid of their own. However, Hojlund only has eyes for Man Utd and PSG’s hijack attempts are expected to come to nothing.

Now, three significant updates have combined to put a Hojlund deal within Man Utd’s grasp.

Atalanta announce Hojlund replacement

Firstly, Atalanta have confirmed the arrival of the player who’ll fill Hojlund’s boots in Bergamo.

Everton target El Bilal Toure is the player in question, with Atalanta announcing the £23.5m arrival of the Almeria striker on Twitter.

Sky Sports piggyback on that announcement, reporting Toure’s confirmed move could now ‘accelerate’ Hojlund’s.

Secondly, Romano reported Atalanta have opted against selecting Hojlund for their friendly clash with Bournemouth today.

Per the reporter, that decision was taken to avert the chance of Hojlund picking up an injury and torpedoing the sale to Man Utd.

Thirdly, Romano stressed talks between Man Utd and Atalanta are “advancing” and the two clubs are “closer to reaching an agreement”.

All those factors combined suggest Hojlund to Man Utd is a matter of when and not if.

Given personal terms are already in place, a medical will be all that remains once an agreement over the transfer fee and payment structure is thrashed out.

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