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Pace, power and potential – what are Man Utd getting with £64m Rasmus Hojlund?

Rasmus Hojlund is close to joining Manchester United (Nigel French/PA)
Rasmus Hojlund is close to joining Manchester United (Nigel French/PA) Rasmus Hojlund is close to joining Manchester United (Nigel French/PA)

Rasmus Hojlund is on the brink of joining Manchester United from Atalanta.

The clubs have agreed a deal in principle worth £64million for the highly-rated Denmark striker.

Here, the PA news agency takes a closer look at United’s new frontman.

Who is Hojlund?

AFC Bournemouth v Atalanta – Pre Season Friendly – Vitality Stadium
AFC Bournemouth v Atalanta – Pre Season Friendly – Vitality Stadium Rasmus Hojlund is heading to the Premier League (Nigel French/PA)

The 20-year-old Dane began his career at FC Copenhagen before moving to Austrian side Sturm Graz in January last year. His 12 goals in 21 games prompted Atalanta to sign him in August and he scored nine goals in Serie A last season. He has also scored six in six matches for Denmark.

What are his strengths?

AFC Bournemouth v Atalanta – Pre Season Friendly – Vitality Stadium
AFC Bournemouth v Atalanta – Pre Season Friendly – Vitality Stadium Hojlund scored nine goals in Serie A last season (Nigel French/PA)

Standing over 6ft tall, Hojlund is a classic penalty-area poacher with an explosive left foot and searing pace. His boss at Atalanta, Gian Piero Gasperini, claims the striker can run 100 metres in under 11 seconds. United manager Erik ten Hag clearly sees the potential in the youngster.

So is he the new Erling Haaland?

Gasperini thinks so. He said recently: “He has very similar characteristics to Haaland. He is so quick.

“Considering his height, he has a low centre of gravity and can move his legs very fast. I am convinced he’ll have a great career, he just gets stronger every day.”

What do his new team-mates think?

Nottingham Forest v Manchester United – Carabao Cup – Semi Final – First Leg – City Ground
Nottingham Forest v Manchester United – Carabao Cup – Semi Final – First Leg – City Ground Christian Eriksen is looking forward to linking up with his fellow Dane (Tim Goode/PA)

“He’s a strong number nine,” United midfielder Christian Eriksen, an international colleague of Hojlund, told the PA news agency.

“He’s developed a lot in the last year from when I first saw him with the national team (to) a year’s time, so, yeah, he’s a very good player.”