Man United ‘preparing’ to trigger Joshua Zirkzee release clause amid ‘serious interest’ in signing

Man United are looking to trigger the release clause in Joshua Zirkzee’s contract this summer.

Manchester United Football Club need to strengthen the playing squad significantly during the summer transfer window. Signings are needed in several positions, including the striker spot, particularly after Anthony Martial’s departure.

Rasmus Hojlund needs help. The young Dane was decent enough during his debut campaign at the Theatre of Dreams, though he’s still showing those inconsistencies of youth. Bringing someone in who can compete with the ex-Atalanta man would make sense.

Among the names linked with filling the Martial-shaped-hole is Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee. The transfer rumours to the striker have increased quickly.

Now, in a transfer round-up, the usually reliable Telegraph have provided a snippet of information on Zirkzee, claiming that United are ‘preparing to trigger’ the release clause in his contract to sign the player. That figure sits at £33.8m.

United are said to be ‘in talks’ with Zirkzee’s camp and while they are also eyeing other options as well, there is ‘serious interest’ in signing the Dutch forward from Bologna.

While the budget stands at around £50m before player sales, United will have to be astute with their money and spend wisely. Although money should be raised by some sales, you’d imagine Erik ten Hag will not have much more than £80m to spend when all is said and done. Is spending half of that on a back-up striker the best use of the money? I’m not so sure.

I guess for now, it’s all about working out what sort of revenue can be generated through player sales, with Mason Greenwood looking like the big ticket exit.

Do you think a Man United move to sign Joshua Zirkzee would make sense? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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