Timing of Manchester United move for Amad Traore shows up poor planning
Manchester United secured a deal on deadline day for Atalanta prospect Amad Traore.
There are plenty of positives to say about the player, and the decision to sign him in itself.
Traore is one of Europe’s top young talents, and this deal may pay off long term.
But it is the timing of the move which really grates. United left this too late, and now have to wait months to get Traore to Old Trafford.
The MEN reported United will pay up to £36 million to sign Traore including add-ons.
This in itself is a very steep fee for a player with limited experience and you can guarantee United paid a premium for doing business so late, as opposed to early in the transfer window.
Traore, 18, has spent the last five years in Italy but was born in the Ivory Coast and does not have an EU passport.
This means he is subject to getting a work permit, and United were unable to fast-track this prior to the deadline.
Mike McGrath of The Telegraph reported United applied for Traore’s work permit on Friday October 2.
It is little wonder it was unable to be approved by the Home Office in time for Monday’s deadline.
As a result, Traore can only become a Manchester United player from January.
It may be worth the wait, we certainly hope so, and Traore is not necessarily a player who would make an instant impact in any case.
The whole approach to leaving business until the last minute left United short in this case.
Traore was a target who could have been signed in July. Perhaps even earlier.
If he was signed in July or August, he could have been playing for the under-23s already and building a case for the first team.
Instead United’s last ditch efforts to secure his signature mean there is a long wait until he starts his career at the club.
Nothing sums up the farce of Manchester United’s transfer window quite like the laid back approach to this deal.
United’s business lacked urgency all summer, and this is the result, signing a player who red-tape means cannot officially join until 2021.
This window has been a poorly conducted one from United, with little planning evident.
Traore may go onto become a superstar. But he faces an unhelpful delay.
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