There’s a new name to add to Manchester United’s ever growing list of transfer targets.
Teenage winger Amad Traore has reportedly caught the eye of United’s scouts.
Italian website TMW report United are impressed with Traore and have been following him for months.
Who is Amad Traore?
Traore plays for Italian side Atalanta and has recently made his first team debut.
He has played only 18 minutes in Serie A, and already has one goal, netting in a win over Udinese.
Traore is just 17-years-old and has been impressing in the UEFA Youth League this season. In four matches he has scored once and has provided three assists in the competition.
He also has three goals and three assists in seven domestic appearances for Atalanta’s youth team this season.
The teenager is a right winger who was born in the Ivory Coast, moving to Atalanta in 2015 after impressing on a trial.
What they say about him
Traore has recently been named in Transfermarkt’s Talents Calendar for the best young prospects in world football.
Journalist Aniello Luciano writes: “Traoré convinces with an explosiveness like an arrow. The list of Traoré’s abilities is overwhelming.”
Calciomercato report, predictably, that Juventus are already also interested in the player, who has the potential to develop into a striker.
TV5Monde Africa recently raved about his Serie A debut goal, and wrote: “Fast as a dragster and precise as a silversmith, the kid only needed six minutes on the pitch, facing Udinese, to open his Italian Serie A counter. In his swift and punchy style worthy of Arjen Robben.”
Would he be a good signing for United?
Traore has a chance to become a top player and he is the type of elite talent United have begun to target.
He might have to prove himself for the under-23s first, but he should be looking at Dan James’ quick transition to life as United as proof of what can happen.
United are just ‘interested’ at this stage, and Traore would be one for the future.
It might be better to try and take gamble at a cheap price now, than wait for him to establish himself and see his value soar. This is probably one or next summer, if at all, rather than as a January priority.
He plays in a position United clearly need to strengthen, and it would be good to have two or three options on the right wing. A deputy for Jadon Sancho perhaps?
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