SPORT NEWS: Romano reveals Man Utd rivals wanted to hijack Hojlund transfer during summer window

Rasmus Hojlund comes off the bench to make his debut against Arsenal.

Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Tottenham were the other club attempting to buy new Manchester United signing Rasmus Hojlund in the summer.

The Red Devils completed the signing of the Denmark international in a deal worth around £72m from Serie A side Atalanta in early August….CONTINUE READING

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag had been desperate to sign a new striker ahead of the new campaign after failing to permanently replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who left last November for Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr.

Hojlund missed pre-season and their first three Premier League matches of the campaign before making his debut off the bench in the second half of their 3-1 loss to Arsenal on Sunday.

In an interview with the Danish press yesterday, Hojlund revealed interest from a number of clubs in his services but would not name the teams involved.

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Hojlund said: “I’d rather keep it to myself. But an interest arises, and then the clubs start negotiating, and I myself start talking to the club about how the contract should look.”

But transfer expert Romano has revealed that Tottenham were also very interested in Hojlund and considered a late move for the Denmark international before they changed targets.

Romano wrote in his Caught Offside column: “Rasmus Hojlund gave an interview yesterday to Danish media, saying that there were other clubs interested in him this summer, but that he wanted to keep the names of those clubs to himself. He says his priority was always Manchester United, and that’s all absolutely true.

“I remember saying earlier in the summer that there were other clubs pursuing Hojlund, but that I would mention it after the end of the transfer window.

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“Now can be the moment. Still, to be clear, it is very true that Hojlund only wanted Manchester United, and he appointed new agents in order to get a move to Old Trafford – that was his mission from the beginning of the summer.

“He told the agency that they have three months, and if they get him to Manchester United then he will become their client. They got it done, and it shows that this was his dream, having been a fan of United as a kid.

“Paris Saint-Germain also tried to enter the race, but the deal was never going to happen because Hojlund was already close to Manchester United. But there was also another English club and that club, from what I’m hearing, was Tottenham.

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“They wanted to be informed on the conditions of the deal, but it was not possible for them at that time because Harry Kane was not sold yet to Bayern Munich – Hojlund’s arrival depended on Kane’s sale, but that only happened later in the window. Again, though, the player’s stance was ‘let me focus on United because that’s my dream move’.

“When Tottenham eventually sold Kane, they had conversations with Ange Postecoglou and ultimately decided to go after different kind of players.

“Brennan Johnson was one who came in, someone who can play different positions, and he looks a perfect player for Postecoglou’s ideas. So Tottenham are very happy with this signing, and of course Man United are very happy with Hojlund….CONTINUE READING