Erik ten Hag is reportedly upset that Manchester United had to back out of two transfers this summer, but a bid has been made for a cheaper replacement.
After dropping two transfers, Man Utd launch £51.3m bid
Man Utd didn’t realize Daniel Levy and Aurelio De Laurentiis weren’t worth talking with until mid-June 2023. Since 2001, the first one has been in charge of Spurs, and the second one has been in charge of Napoli since 2004. This shouldn’t be a big surprise.
But here we are, with Man Utd giving up on moves to get their first- and second-choice strikers. The amount of money it would take to get Harry Kane from north London is “unrealistic,” and Victor Osimhen is also “likely out of reach.”
This comes from The Guardian, which says Erik ten Hag is “disappointed” but in the end okay with choices made with the club’s long-term transfer goals in mind.
Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail says that Man Utd doesn’t think the Kane move is a good idea right now. For a player who turns 30 next month, the fee would have been at least £100 million. Napoli thinks Osimhen is worth £120 million.
These numbers make it very tempting to go after Rasmus Hojlund, who has been called “the jewel of Atalanta.” It looks like Manchester United has made a bid for “the jewel of Atalanta.”
The hope is that Atalanta will sell the scorer for €60m “plus bonuses,” but Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla says the Serie A team might hold out for €70m.
Man Utd has not been in direct touch with Atalanta yet. This deal has been set up through “intermediaries” so that they don’t have to deal with Atalanta’s stubborn chairman.
It seems like they might need to talk to the high-powered leaders themselves at some point instead of sending a friend to ask if their targets will go out with them.