Manchester United have completed the £72m signing of Denmark striker Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta.
The 20-year-old, who joined the Serie A side in 2022 and scored 10 goals in 34 appearances last season, moves to Old Trafford on a five-year deal.
“It is no secret I have been a fan of this great club since I was a small boy,” Hojlund said.
“I dreamed of walking out at Old Trafford as a Manchester United player.”
He is United manager Erik ten Hag’s third summer signing after Mason Mount joined from Chelsea for £55m and Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana arrived for £47.2m.
Ten Hag said of the new addition: “He is a real frontman. Very direct to the goal, very good presser, a physical presence. I think in the balance of this squad, we needed that, alongside Rashford, another player who is direct and can score a goal. That is all in his mind: he wants to score goals.
“I think he has huge potential. And now it’s up to him first, to explore that and we will support him, all the coaches, the team. The team was waiting for a type like him. They will integrate him in the dressing room and in the pitch; they will help him.
“Finally, the player has to prove it. That is the character we need; we need hungry players and he is a player who is so determined to score goals, winning games and winning trophies.”
Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain were also reportedly interested in Hojlund as a potential replacement for France captain Kylian Mbappe, whose immediate future is unclear.
Hojlund will miss the opening weeks of the 2023-24 season, which United begin against Wolves on Monday, 14 August, after suffering a small injury during pre-season training with Atalanta.