Manchester United are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Atalanta forward Rasmus Hojlund, and it seems the Italian side have dropped a major hint about the striker’s future.

According to Fabrizio Romano’s latest tweet, the two sides are ‘closer’ to reaching an agreement for the forward’s signature after there was progress made on the deal yesterday according to Alfredo Pedulla.

With talks also advancing on a deal, it seems that Erik ten Hag is about to get his ideal striker target over the line before the season starts, which will be a huge boost for the Dutchman as he prepares for his second full season in charge at Old Trafford.

Hojlund won’t be risked

Ironically, Hojlund and Atalanta are in England this weekend as they prepare for a friendly against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

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According to Romano, the Danish forward will be left out of the game as the deal between the clubs is advancing. This is a huge boost for United and probably suggests a deal is close to being agreed and neither side want to take any risks in the deal, which is understandable considering the fee involved.

There has also been another major hint that the deal is progressing.

Atalanta announce potential replacement

Atalanta have announced the signing of forward El Bilal Toure from Almeria. The fee is reportedly around €31 million (£26 million) which represents an expensive signing for an Italian side. This may well suggest the deal to take the forward to Old Trafford may well be nearing completion.

The fact the Italian side have announced the signing of the forward at a similar time that news broke that Hojlund has been left out of the squad for the game against Bournemouth, would suggest that a deal is probably close to going over the line.

Hojlund looks set to be the third signing through the door at Old Trafford but any further signings will require sales according to The Guardian.

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