Manchester United inform Bologna of decision to trigger Joshua Zirkzee release clause

Manchester United have reportedly informed Bologna of their desire to trigger Joshua Zirkzee’s release clause over negotiating a separate structure.

According to reputed Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Manchester United are set to trigger Joshua Zirkzee’s release clause rather than negotiate a separate structure with Bologna. The Dutch striker has already agreed on personal terms, as the Red Devils made their decision after those terms were finalised with the forward’s camp.

Manchester United to trigger Joshua Zirkzee clause

Manchester United have accelerated their pursuit of Joshua Zirkzee in recent days, as the deal appears close to completion. The club’s decision to keep Erik ten Hag has boosted their transfer activities, as at least two deals are close to completion.

Zirkzee recently emerged as Manchester United’s preferred target to improve their attacking setup. The Red Devils have been keen on adding another striker alongside Rasmus Hojlund. Ten Hag has been pushing for the Dutch striker, and the Red Devils are growing in optimism.

Having held fresh discussions with Zirkzee’s camp, Manchester United may have agreed on personal terms with the striker. They had wanted to reach a consensus before opening talks with Bologna about the fee. The two options in front of INEOS were to either agree on a separate fee that would allow them to structure a deal with the Italian side or trigger Zirkzee’s €40 million release clause.

Manchester United have chosen the latter and will trigger his €40 million release clause. So, they will have to pay the fee in full to bring the Serie A prospect, who contributed to 19 goals last season. The medicals and other formalities will take a while as the striker is still part of the Netherlands squad at the Euros, where they take on England in the semi-finals this week.

Manchester United’s transfer plans

Manchester United are signing two Dutch internationals, Zirkzee and Matthijs De Ligt. Much like Bologna, they have yet to finalise a fee with Bayern Munich, although they are very confident of landing de Ligt this summer.

After that, Manchester United are expected to shake things up in central midfield as they are looking to offload Casemiro and bring in a new midfield star. They could also look for a winger should they manage to offload Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood, while new full-backs could also arrive, as the Red Devils could have a busy summer ahead.

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