Manchester United make €35m striker bid – Ten Hag has already held talks with him

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag before the match in the Premier League.

Manchester United struggle to make progress in their pursuit of a new striker Reuters/Peter Cziborra.

Manchester United have reportedly seen their €35m transfer bid for Rasmus Højlund rejected.

Having already pulled out of the race for Harry Kane’s signature due to Tottenham Hotspur’s tough stance on his future, the Red Devils set their sights on the Atlanta striker, who is viewed as an attainable target.

Højlund has grabbed the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs with his blistering pace and smart movement. He scored 10 goals in 34 games in all competitions for the Serie A outfit last term.

Atalanta knock back Manchester United bid for Højlund

Juventus, Real Madrid, and United have all been linked with the Denmark international in recent months. But it is the Premier League outfit who have taken concrete steps to secure his services.

Early in June, it was claimed Erik ten Hag held ‘multiple video calls’ with the talented goal-scorer. And reports in Italy now suggest they’ve already tabled a bid for the 20-year-old, albeit with no success.

As per Il Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia), the Red Devils have seen a €35m bid turned down for the Denmark international. It is added that Atalanta are demanding at least €45m for the player.

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Juventus are also preparing to make a move and will try to lower the price tag by including a player in a swap deal.

Whether United return with an improved offer for Højlund will depend on their talks for a goalkeeper as Financial Fair Play regulations may only permit the club to make one more big signing following Mason Mount’s £60m switch.