Amad Diallo was one of four players Manchester United signed on a frantic deadline day.

The winger has remained at Italian club Atalanta until January, before making the move to England in 2021.

He is yet to play for the Serie A club this season, but there is still considerable excitement about his ability.

The Manchester Evening News report what the reports of United most senior scouts said about Diallo when the club were weighing up whether to swoop.

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The MEN say head of academy recruitment Dave Harrison, chief scouts Marcel Bout and Jim Lawlor, and technical chief scout Mick Court all filed reports on Diallo.

Apparently, Diallo got the best ratings on a regular basis when compared to other academy or developing first teamers.

That offers an indication of his precocious ability, even if he is being managed carefully by Atalanta right now.


It’s still a big ask to expect him to come straight into United’s first team and shine – he has only played 30 minutes of Serie A football to date – but the raw ability seems to be very promising indeed.

Work permit update

The report also says United have not yet finalised a work permit for Diallo, who was born in the Ivory Coast.

United were apparently warned before pushing the button on the signing that the process of getting him that permit would not be straightforward.

There is no other indication in the article about whether this is a cause for concern, but it’s likely something United want to get tied up as soon as possible.

Once that’s sorted, the process of developing a player who impressed United’s most senior scouts so much can begin.

Amad Diallo: Player profile

  1. Breakthrough star

    Diallo made his first team debut for Atalanta in 2019/20. He has one goal in his three Serie A appearances.

  2. Five years in Italy

    Diallo was born in the Ivory Coast, moving to Atalanta in 2015 after impressing on a trial.

  3. Right wing dynamo

    Diallo’s record at youth level is impressive. Last season he scored seven goals and provided 11 assists for Atalanta’s academy, which included a strike against Manchester City in the UEFA Youth League.

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