OFFICIAL: Rasmus Højlund Presented As a New Man United Player At Old Trafford From Atalanta.

Rasmus Højlund has officially completed his move to Manchester United from Italian club side Atalanta.

Hojlund, signs a five-year contract, which will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2028, with the option of a further year, subject to international clearance.

The striker began his senior career at Copenhagen, making his Danish Superliga debut aged 17 in 2020 before switching to Austrian side Sturm Graz two years later.

He spent only six months in the Austrian Bundesliga after joining Sturm in January 2022 but scored a goal every other game, finding the net nine times in 17 starts.

That impressive form led to his move to Atalanta for a reported £15m, that's ten times what Sturm Graz had paid for him.

He has scored 27 goals in 87 club appearances, including 10 goals in 34 games for Atalanta last season since joining the Serie A side in 2022.

At just the age of just 20, Hojlund made his senior international debut in 2022, and has scored six goals in his six appearances for Denmark. 

Speaking following the completion of the transfer, Højlund said: “It is no secret that I have been a fan of this great club since I was a small boy, and I dreamed of walking out at Old Trafford as a Manchester United player 

“I am incredibly excited by this opportunity to turn that dream into a reality, and I am determined to repay the faith that the club has shown in me. It is still early in my career, but I know that I am ready to make this step up and play with this group of world-class players.

“Once I had spoken to the manager, I knew that this environment would be perfect for my development; I am relishing the opportunity to work with one of the best coaches in the world. Under his guidance and support I know that I am capable of achieving great things together with my new teammates at this special club.”

Hojlund becomes manager Erik ten Hag's third summer signing for United, after Mason Mount joined from Chelsea for £55m and Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana arrived for £47.2m.

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain were also reportedly interested in Hojlund as a potential replacement for France captain Kylian Mbappe, whose immediate future is unclear.

Along with the good news for Man Utd fans, there is some not so good, as Hojlund is already injured. He sustained a 'small issue' during pre-season training with Atalanta and it could be 'a few weeks' before he is ready to play.

Football Director John Murtough, Manchester United added;

“Rasmus is a truly exceptional talent. He possesses technical and physical attributes which rank him amongst the best players in the world for his age group. Working under Erik ten Hag and his coaches will provide Rasmus with the perfect development platform. Everyone across the club will ensure that he is given the time and all the support required to reach his immense potential. 

“Throughout the summer we have acted quickly and decisively to secure our primary targets early in the transfer window. This will ensure that Erik and his coaches have the best opportunity to prepare the squad to push for further success in the exciting campaign ahead.

United will face Wolverhampton Wanderers at home in their opening 2023-24 Premier League fixture on Monday, 14 August at 8pm.


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