Manchester United are hoping to welcome Amad Diallo to Old Trafford this month. However, Atalanta are hoping to keep hold of the 18-year-old until June. The Red Devils have high hopes for the teenager, with the club’s recruitment team seeing his signing as a significant coup.
United announced on transfer deadline day in October that they’d agreed a fee for Diallo.
“Manchester United have reached an agreement with Atalanta for the future transfer of Amad Diallo, one of the most exciting young prospects in Italian football,” they said in a statement.
“The 18-year-old Ivorian right-winger has been on the radar of United scouts since 2016, when he was spotted playing at Under-15 level, and the club have been tracking his progress since.
“Diallo scored on his Serie A debut in the first of three first-team appearances last season, after rising through the youth ranks at Atalanta.
“He will join United at a later date, subject to medical, personal terms and work permit.”
Now, however, Atalanta have revealed they’re looking to keep hold of their teenage talent.
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“Apart from that I’m not thinking too much about January.”
Solskjaer also recently outlined a desire to help Diallo settle into life in England before unleashing him on Premier League defences.
“We felt Facundo [Pellistri] would benefit [from time in the Under-23s],” he said.
“He started training with the first-team – he did well but we couldn’t give him game-time so we thought we’d give him a run of games in the [Under] 23s and he’s benefited from that.
“His confidence has been given a boost. He’s shown in all the games that he can impact the game.
“With Amad, hopefully we can get him in and we’ll see how the squad looks and how he looks and how he settles as soon as possible.
“They’re both talented players that we believe will have a long career here. It’s important we find the right time.”
Atalanta star Papu Gomez compared the Ivory Coast youngster to Barcelona’s Lionel Messiearlier in the year.
He said: “He’s a future star, trust me.
“During our training sessions he plays like Messi.
“You can’t stop him, he’s unbelievable, our centre-backs have serious problems when he is on the pitch. He’s fantastic.”