Amad Diallo’s transfer to Manchester United was confirmed on Thursday evening. The teenage winger has sealed a move with a contract running until 2026.
United could end up paying a total of £37million, £19 million up front and £18 million in add-ons, The Mail report.
Diallo’s move to United has the approval of his former youth team president Enzo Guerri.
Guerri is the president of provincial side Boca Barco, Diallo’s first Italian club after arriving in the country from Ivory Coast and he was interviewed by TMW about the winger’s headline making move to Old Trafford.
He explained how clubs from all over the country came to watch him in action: “There was a line of observers to see Diallo, they came to our field from all over Italy. Amad made three auditions in Turin with Juve, as it was called by Reggiana, Sassuolo, Empoli, Rome and, in fact, Atalanta. He tried them all until he found the right place for the big jump.”
He added: “Atalanta are a bit of an exception in Italian football, since they are perhaps the only team that trusts young people together with the new Milan. I am convinced that if Diallo had gone to Juve or Inter, he would not would have had space.”
As for the teenager’s move to United, Guerri is convinced it is a smart move and the player will flourish.
Asked if the transfer was the right step for Diallo to take, he responded: “Yes, in full. For me Diallo will not go to Manchester to play the bench, he will go there to play. Or at least he will go at the beginning of his new adventure in the team of Mr. Solskjaer to decide.”
Diallo will get a platform to impress
United’s softly taken approach with Facundo Pellistri suggests the club will experiment with Diallo in under-23 football before rushing him into the first team.
Diallo is just 18 and arrives with plenty of hype. Giving him at least a game or two at youth level can help him to adjust, but it could be more than that.
This season he only made two first team appearances for Atalanta, both from the bench, and has five in total in his career. He shouldn’t presume to go straight into United’s side.
Solskjaer may get first prerogative, to take him into first team training over his initial week at the club, and take his next decisions from there. One way or another Diallo will get his chances. He’s in the right place, a club who will eventually give him the top level opportunity he craves if he earns it.
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