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Man Utd 'cancel' Rasmus Hojlund activity as official transfer announcement 'delayed'

Man Utd 'cancel' Rasmus Hojlund activity as official transfer announcement 'delayed'

Man Utd have been forced to delay Hojlund's official arrival.

Manchester United have delayed their transfer announcement of Rasmus Hojlund and cancelled a planned activity involving the player and supporters, it has been reported.

Hojlund was seen arriving in Manchester on Tuesday to complete a medical following the agreement of a deal between United and Atalanta.

As per Sky Sports, United will pay the Serie A side an initial £64 million fee, plus a potential £8 million in add-ons, for the 20-year-old Denmark forward.

Erik ten Hag's side launched an official bid for Hojlund in July, following several weeks of exploring whether a deal would be possible for the forward.

But reports in Italy claimed that Hojlund wanted a move to United - and he even enlisted the same agency as the one that represents Ten Hag as a transfer edged closer.

However, fans eagerly awaiting the official announcement of the tall forward as a new United player will have to wait a bit longer.

Man Utd Hojlund announcement 'delayed'

According to the Manchester Evening News, the club's schedule for announcing Hojlund has had to be changed as a result of several factors.

It is understood that the striker arrived in Manchester later than was initially planned for.

As a result, the club are now prioritising the completion of Hojlund's medical - one of the final mandatory steps in what has been a long-running transfer chase.

However, the report adds that this has resulted in a planned activity being cancelled. The Danish forward would have conducted media activities on Wednesday, it is claimed, and would also have met supporters for the first time as a United player.

An official announcement of his signing, it is added, could be made prior to United's friendly against Lens at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Such a manner of announcement is not uncommon for United, with the club completing a deal for Casemiro before their Premier League fixture against Liverpool in the 2022/23 campaign.

The Brazilian was then presented to the Old Trafford faithful before kick-off - and Ten Hag's side went to record their first victory of the season with an impressive 3-1 win.

Writing in a talkSPORT column in June, Mark Goldbridge claimed Hojlund represents a return to the Cristiano Ronaldo era in terms of transfer policy.

He explained: "We've been criticised for buying the finished article, spending a lot of money on players like Angel Di Maria or Paul Pogba, and Hojlund actually represents something that we did with Cristiano Ronaldo all those years ago.

"You buy a talent who's not quite there yet, so you don't pay as much. And we've got a manager renowned for being a developmental one."

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Topics: Manchester United, Rasmus Hojlund, Premier League, Transfers, Erik Ten Hag