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Manchester United ‘battling’ with London giants to sign €80m-rated midfielder

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Manchester United 'battling' with London giants to sign €80m-rated midfielder

Man United leading the race for Morten Hjulmand alongside Spurs

According to Portuguese outlet Correio da Manhã, as reported by the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United are vying to get Morten Hjulmand this summer but face stiff competition from Premier League rivals Spurs.

The Sporting defensive midfielder, despite having been in Portugal for just one season, already looks on his way out after impressing in the Leões‘ league-winning campaign this season.

The 24-year-old has an €80m release clause in his contract, which Sporting are expected to stick to if and when the big European names come calling for him.

Hjulmand for Sporting this season across all competitions: 49 games, 4 goals, 4 assists. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Alongside Benfica’s João Neves, Hjulmand is one of the most highly-rated defensive midfield prospects in Europe currently plying his trade in the Primeira Liga.

The Dane is currently in Germany with De Rød-Hvide, the Denmark national team, for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024.

Hjulmand too expensive a punt for United

Morten Hjulmand is unquestionably a talented player and one of a profile United need to reinforce, but his €80m release clause arguably puts him in the “expensive gamble” category for both United and Spurs.

Focusing on United, they are a club who are yet to decide as to what to do with their manager and do not have a sporting director in place. Of course, this does not mean they won’t go out and buy players, but their capacity to go and make expensive gambles reduces significantly given this peculiar predicament of theirs.

If Spurs were to take a chance on Hjulmand, which, knowing Daniel Levy, also feels unlikely, United may get the chance to look at him in a few years’ time, when they will probably have sorted their upstairs situation out.

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For now, they ought to play safe in the transfer market.