Manchester United optimistic of signing Joshua Zirkzee, Erik ten Hag pushing for move

Manchester United are reportedly confident of sealing the deal to sign Joshua Zirkzee, with Erik ten Hag pushing to land the Dutch attacker in the summer transfer window.

According to a report by Ben Jacobs on Give Me Sport, Joshua Zirkzee is the subject of interest from Manchester United. The Red Devils are keen on signing a striker in the summer transfer window. And they are hopeful of sealing the deal to land the Bologna attacker, who will cost around £34 million.

The rapid rise of Joshua Zirkzee

Joshua Zirkzee has made considerable progress since joining Bologna from Bayern Munich nearly two years ago. While the Dutchman has not been highly productive, he has still come leaps and bounds at the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in the last couple of seasons.

The 23-year-old has turned out 58 times thus far for Bologna while chipping in with 14 goals and nine assists. Most of that output came in the 2023/24 season as he found the back of the net 12 times and managed seven assists. Meanwhile, Joshua Zirkzee’s progress has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of several high-profile clubs across Europe.

Widespread reports have linked the Dutch attacker with AC Milan. However, agent commissions are playing spoilsport for the Rossoneri, allowing Manchester United to take advantage of the situation. And Old Trafford is reportedly an attractive destination for the Bologna striker, who has a release clause worth £34 million in his contract.

Premier League beckoning?

Manchester United’s interest in Joshua Zirkzee is understandable. The Red Devils have been scouring the market for a striker heading into the summer transfer window after losing Anthony Martial as a free agent. The Bologna centre-forward has thus emerged as a viable target.

The 23-year-old Dutchman can introduce different qualities to the table compared to Rasmus Hojlund. And Manchester United are confident about landing Zirkzee in the summer transfer window. In addition, a report by Fichajes has claimed that Erik ten Hag is pushing the Premier League heavyweights to secure his services.

Manchester United should have the funds to afford a deal worth £34 million to sign Zirkzee. However, it will be interesting to see if the Red Devils are ready to trigger the release clause to secure the Dutch striker’s services in the summer transfer window.

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