Manchester United only have the final pieces of paperwork to finalise before Amad Diallo joins Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad with immediate plans to utilise him in the first-team squad. United clearly have plenty of expectations on what Diallo can achieve at Old Trafford after agreeing a deal with Atalanta last summer worth up to £39million.
At 18 years of age, the young attacker has limited experience in senior football having only played a handful of games in Italy.
But he becomes the latest star of the future to join United’s youthful squad as they attempt to close the gap on reigning Premier League champions Liverpool.
Express Sport takes a look at five other stars who were recently signed with high expectations.
Diallo scored on his Serie A debut back in October 2019, becoming the second player born in 2002 to score in one Europe’s top five leagues – England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Little else has been seen of the teeanger though despite being back out on loan with Atalanta for the first half of this season.
United’s scouts have been following Diallo’s progression for the past three years and they pulled the trigger last summer on a deal worth up to £39m.
An announcement on his arrival is expected to come later this week.
Donny van de Beek
May be a sneaky inclusion on this list of stars of the future but still very much falls into that category.
Van de Beek’s arrival at United this summer raised some eyebrows due to the abundance of options Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already has in that position.
But at 23 years of age, the Holland international has time on his side and United will not be in a rush to throw him too often in until he’s become accustomed to the Premier League.
Another one of United’s deadline deals last summer which has since gone under the radar, but the 18-year-old was endorsed by none other than Diego Forlan.
High praise from a former favourite at Old Trafford and Pellistri has already started making an impact with United’s youth team.
Pellistri already has two goals in six youth matches, including a neat finish against Manchester City last month.
A graduate of Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy, United won the race for Jurado’s signature this past summer.
At 16 years of age, the Spanish full-back will definitely be one for the future but he’s already shown promising signs with the under-18s.
Stolen from rivals Manchester City in the summer, big things are expected of McNeill in the future.
The 17-year-old has already left a lasting impression on academy coaches at the club with six goals in just eight under-18 appearances.
He cost £750,000, which could rise to £1.5m after the forward rejected an offer from City.
United had a lot of faith in Mejbri from a very young age as he was signed in a deal worth up to £9million back in 2019.
And he’s reportedly made big impressions at youth level with suggestions he isn’t too far away from making his first-team debut.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching staff are well aware of Mejbri’s talents in midfield and the United boss has shown a willingness in the past to give youth players a try.