Why Manchester United signed Rasmus Hojlund instead of Evan Ferguson or Harry Kane

A big decision.

Why Manchester United signed Rasmus Hojlund instead of Evan Ferguson or Harry Kane
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Rasmus Hojlund of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on September 16, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Rasmus Hojlund joined in a £72m deal (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United opted to sign Rasmus Hojlund over the likes of Harry Kane and Evan Ferguson because they feel the Dane will be a better long-term investment.

The Red Devils spent £72m on signing the Denmark international from Serie A side Atalanta in the summer.

That’s despite the fact that Hojlund joined the Italians for just £15m in 2022.

United had been heavily linked with a move for then-Tottenham star Kane, who was entering the final 12 months of his deal in London.

However, United were reluctant to pay the figures associated with the 30-year-old and felt Spurs would never realistically consider selling to a Premier League rival.

While United are admirers of Ferguson, Brighton had already sold Alexis Mac Allister to Liverpool and had factored in Moises Caicedo’s departure.

Bayern Munich's Harry Kane applauds the fans at the end of the Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. Picture date: Sunday August 27, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER European. Photo credit should read: PA Wire via DPA. RESTRICTIONS: UK use only. Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.
Kane joined Bayern for £100m (Credits: PA)

The Seagulls were therefore under no pressure to sell, and would demand a figure of around £120m for the Irishman.

While Hojlund cost £72m, his salary is believed to be around £50,000-a-week which is significantly below the reported £400,000-a-week salary that Kane commands in Munich.

United therefore feel they’ve made a shrewd investment in the Dane, and that he will continue to grow in the coming years.

Hojlund has three goals to his name this term, with all three coming in the Champions League.

He’s expected to start against his former side, FC Copenhagen, at Old Trafford tonight.

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