According to sources, Manchester United have struck an agreement after finishing their investigation into Mason Greenwood, with an announcement due in the next two weeks. Even if the 21-year-old has a future at Old Trafford, Erik Ten Hag may ask for a major favor when he returns.
This week, United are set to complete a £72 million deal for Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund.
The Danish sensation is expected to join Mason Mount and Andre Onana as the third summer signing, boosting Ten Hag’s offensive options.
Greenwood’s return would also help the Dutchman’s cause, especially if he can continue his impressive growth after breaking through under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But, in keeping with Hojlund’s arrival at Old Trafford, he may have to make an unfavorable sacrifice when he returns to action.
Ten Hag will see Hojlund as an important component of his future ambitions as he seeks to return United to the top of English football. That much is clear from his £72 million asking price.
But, unlike Mount, who was offered the legendary No. 7, Hojlund does not have the same luxury.
That’s because United doesn’t have any of the last six numbers the 20-year-old has worn at the senior level.
Fred is currently wearing No. 17 for Atalanta, and while his impending departure would free up his shirt, Hojlund would most likely require one before leaving.
Anthony Martial appears to be staying, taking the No. 9 spot off the table, while Facundo Pellistri is now wearing the No. 28.
Hojlund has also worn the Nos. 20 and 21 for Denmark, however Diogo Dalot and Antony currently wear both.