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Man Utd get a boost with Zikzee confirmed to leave by Bologna director

Bologna technical director Giovanni Sartori has confirmed that Joshua Zirkzee will leave the club due to the release clause in his contract.

The Dutchman had a good season with the Serie A outfit last term, registering 12 goals and seven assists in 37 appearances in all competitions.

Zirkzee’s £34 million release clause is valid until mid-August, and Sartori has confirmed that he will definitely leave Bologna.

He told Sky Sport Italy: “He has a clause, so he will 99 per cent leave.”

United have an advantage in Zirkzee pursuit

The Red Devils are keen on landing a young striker with potential. Manager Erik ten Hag has urged the hierarchy to secure the services of Zirkzee from Bologna.

The Dutch tactician has already spoken with the 23-year-old and a final decision could be made over his future following his return from the European Championship.

United already have an agreement with his agent over the commission. The club also have no problem in triggering the £34 million release clause in his contract.

The former Bayern Munich forward wants to join AC Milan, but a transfer appears unlikely, given they have refused to accept his agent’s £13m demands.

United are in pole position to sign Zirkzee, who was described as a ‘powerful‘ striker by Bayern II manager Holger Seitz during his time in Germany.

Zirkzee would be a fine competitor to Rasmus Hojlund. He has pace and dribbling skills on the counter-attack and the ability to create chances.

He is an all-round striker and should only get better with more experience and stability in his career.

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