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Real Madrid, Arsenal and Napoli linked with Atalanta starlet

Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund is attracting attention from a number of elite European sides just six months after making his debut for La Dea. The young Dane has already found the net seven times this season, his latest coming in Atalanta’s 2-1 defeat to Lecce last weekend, and his exploits are being followed closely both in Italy, and abroad.

La Repubblica report that Real Madrid sent scouts to watch the youngster in Atalanta’s recent 2-0 win over Lazio, with Hojlund scoring a superb solo goal, his fifth in eight games in 2023.

Los Galacticos are in the market for a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema who is edging ever closer to retirement, and they may view Hojlund as a cheaper alternative to Dusan Vlahovic, who is also on their list. Arsenal are also reportedly looking at the 20-year-old as he could solve their problems up front and provide a good backup option to injury-prone Gabriel Jesus.

La Gazzetta dello Sport weigh in on the Hojlund transfer rumours, claiming Napoli would be interested in signing him after generating additional income with their potential progression to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Gazzetta suggest the Dane is a definite target for Luciano Spalletti’s men and Napoli want to fast-track talks with Atalanta to try and steal a march on the competition in their bid to sign him. The Partenopei could sign the youngster and leave him on loan in Bergamo for another season to mature, waiting for the potential sale of Victor Osimhen, who looks ever more likely to depart the club this summer or the next.

Atalanta paid €17M to sign Hojlund from Sturm Graz last summer and were hoping to keep him for the long-term, however a sensational offer could be enough to sway them to making a sale.

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