Amad Diallo’s move to Manchester United is getting nearer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provided an update on the winger’s imminent move to Old Trafford via the club website.
The paperwork is almost done, and Solskjaer said he is excited about Diallo’s forthcoming arrival from Atalanta.
Solskjaer said: “
Amad we’ve had all the paperwork, or we’re waiting for all the paperwork. I can’t see any obstacles really.
Hopefully within not too long he’ll be with us.
“I’m very excited about bringing him in. I think he’s shown a few times his qualities.
Of course he has to learn to play in England, that’s a different level of football. We’ll give him time to develop and to express himself.“
Diallo must be granted a GBE, a governing body endorsement, from the FA, before his move is ratified by the Home Office.
This is despite his new Italian passport, and is part of the new Brexit regulations of buying foreign footballers from the EU.
It should all be completed pretty soon, although being the weekend, may not be signed off today or tomorrow.
The young winger should be at United soon enough, with this the first time Solskjaer has commented on him since the deal was first struck in October.
Solskjaer has clearly been keeping track of him and is understandably keen to work with a talented young player who is creating a lot of buzz.
United may end up paying a fee of up to £37 million for Diallo. Much of the fee is based on performance related clauses. Hopefully he is successful enough that the club end up paying them all.
Amad Diallo: Player profile
- Breakthrough star
Diallo made his first team debut for Atalanta in 2019/20. He has one goal in his three Serie A appearances.
- Five years in Italy
Diallo was born in the Ivory Coast, moving to Atalanta in 2015 after impressing on a trial.
- 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.
- Champions League debut
Diallo made his Champions League debut for Atalanta in 2020, impressing in a substitute appearance against Midtjylland.
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