Joshua Zirkzee to undergo Manchester United on Friday ahead of €42.5m transfer

Joshua Zirkzee will undergo a Manchester United medical on Friday ahead of his proposed transfer from Bologna.

With the Netherlands eliminated from the European Championship following Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat by England, Zirkzee will fly to the UK on Thursday evening ahead of his medical.

United have not triggered the €40million (£34m) release clause in Zirkzee’s contract but will instead pay €42.5m and stagger their payments to Bologna over a three-year period. Had United triggered the clause they would have had to pay it in full.

Zirkzee will sign a five-year contract with United, as reported by The Athletic on Tuesday. That deal will contain an option for a further 12 months.

United had prioritised the arrival of a forward this summer after Anthony Martial left the club upon the expiration of his contract, which had left Rasmus Hojlund as the only recognised central striker in Erik ten Hag’s squad. United view Zirkzee as having a complementary skillset to Hojlund and being capable of strengthening their range of possibilities up front.

Zirkzee joined Bayern Munich’s youth system from Feyenoord in 2017 and made 17 first-team appearances for the German club, scoring four goals.

The forward had loan spells at Parma and Anderlecht — scoring 18 goals at the Belgian club in the 2021-22 season, earning him a permanent transfer to Bologna at the end of that campaign.

The Dutchman finished the 2023-24 season as Bologna’s top scorer, netting 11 goals and providing five assists as he played a key role in helping the Italian club to secure a berth in the Champions League group stage for the first time since the 1963-64 campaign.

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