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Rasmus Hojlund: Man Utd stung by massive Atalanta price hike as triple Ten Hag swap offer goes up in smoke

Rasmus Hojlund of Atalanta is a Man Utd transfer target

Rasmus Hojlund is closing on a move to Man Utd

Manchester United prospects of signing Rasmus Hojlund are in danger of collapsing after Atalanta hit them with a major new asking price and rejected all offers of taking on a trio of players in part exchange.

Erik ten Hag is desperate to add a new striker to his squad this summer. With Marcus Rashford (30 goals) the only United attacker to break into double figures last season, that need has been well documented. And while Wout Weghorst and Anthony Martial are both likely to leave, Ten Hag does not have unlimited funds.

Indeed, he is operating within an approximate budget of £120m this summer. Having spent £55m on Mason Mount and allocated a large portion – likely to be £47m – towards Andre Onana, Ten Hag is close to parting with over £100m of that.

And while additional funds can be created by player sales, it now means that negotiations, as well as the players they do target, will now have to be considered that bit more carefully.

To that end, mooted interest in the likes of Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen has all-but officially been shelved. Both strikers are simply beyond what United can afford to pay.

They do, however, have other irons in the fire. To that end, Ten Hag has locked onto the signing of Denmark frontman Hojlund.

Having had an initial €40m (£34m) rejected, talks over a deal with Atalanta have been ongoing. United were reportedly in the belief that Atalanta had set a €60m (£51m) price on the 20-year-old.

Given the limitations on their spending capacity, United had reportedly offered Atalanta three players as possible makeweights.

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Man Utd stunned by sudden Rasmus Hojlund price hike

And it was reported Atalanta were open to the idea of taking Amad Diallo back to the club on loan.

The winger enjoyed an exceptional season on loan with Sunderland last season, scoring 14 times adding three assists. And while Ten Hag was keen to offer him more chances at Old Trafford, it was believed he was willing to sacrifice the Ivorian if it meant getting a deal for Hojlund done.

However, the Daily Express reports United’s offer to loan them Diallo has now been firmly rejected. Moreover, United offers of Donny van de Beek or Fred as part of the deal have also failed.

Furthermore, it’s been claimed Atalanta have now decided they would rather keep Hojlund on their books for another season. And while they would be open to a sizeable bid, The Athletic claims they have responded by slapping a new asking price on the striker.

Incredibly, and in an effort to deter United from making a fresh move, they are now reportedly seeking a £85.5m (€100m) fee for their star.

Given Hojlund still only has 27 career goals to his name, United view the new valuation as excesssive.

And there is now serious doubts emerging from the United end now that a deal can be done.

As a result, the club are now ready to explore alternative options, including Randal Kolo Muani.

Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk, however, claims Ten Hag will resurrect interest in an €80m alternative instead.

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