Man Utd now wants to sign in-demand £25.8m forward this month

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As they attempt to end their goal-scoring drought, Manchester United is reportedly keeping an eye on Joshua Zirkzee of Bologna, according to a Football Transfers report.

Rasmus Hojlund, a summer acquisition of €74 million from Atalanta, has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League after his stunning five-goal Champions League campaign. The 20-year-old had made 14 appearances without scoring, and he only scored in the 3-2 comeback victory over Aston Villa.

Because of Zirkzee’s outstanding Serie A efforts, which have helped Bologna finish the season in fifth place, United has designated him for the position. Football Transfers claims that Zirkzee, who has eight goals this season across all competitions, is being pursued by elite European teams including AC Milan, Newcastle United, and Napoli.

Transfermarkt values 22-year-old Zirkzee’s contract at The Renato Dall’Ara Stadium at €30 million (£25.8 million), with an expiration date of 2026.

Are the Red Devils going to trade for Zirkzee?

By their standards, Erik ten Hag’s team is having a poor season. With just 22 goals in the Premier League this season—the fewest of any side in the top half of the table—their goal-scoring struggles are clearly visible.

Zirkzee is now the target for United as they look to address their goal-scoring issues. A January transfer, though, appears improbable given that Bologna would require their best players to have a shot at finishing in the top four.

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Regulations related to Financial Fair Play are another issue the Red Devils are battling, which is impeding large team investments. Selling players becomes necessary prior to making any significant purchases.

Zirkzee’s loan deal seems improbable because Bologna is not likely to consent to him exit this month.

Ten Hag’s transitional system is compatible with the attributes that the Netherlands u21 International offers. His physicality, aptitude at using space, and finishing ability make him an invaluable prospective first-team member for United.

It’s unclear if United will put their determination to the test by trying to sign the Dutchman or if they’ll have to wait until the summer to face competition.

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