Manchester United sprung a surprise when the club agreed a deal for Amad Diallo on deadline day. However, work permit issues meant the winger remained in Italy a little while longer.
As reported by the BBC, Diallo’s price-tag could ultimately rise to £37million. So it seems United have very high hopes for the 18-year-old.
The Ivory Coast youngster scored on his Serie A debut after coming off the bench last season.
That 13-minute cameo was enough to convince many of his talent. While those behind the scenes at his current club Atalanta knew for far longer that he is the real deal.
United were allegedly watching Diallo for a while. But in a summer when the Jadon Sancho rumours refused to die, it was another exciting wide prospect who ultimately agreed a move to Old Trafford.
Atalanta were very careful with Diallo’s development, giving him just two more substitute appearances after his debut goal in the previous campaign.
But this time round, he has not kicked a ball in anger. Instead, Diallo has sat unused on the bench on seven occasions and has been omitted from the match-day squad five times.
Exactly what United would want
There is nothing strange about this situation. Diallo was not exactly a regular before United’s move. And, with both clubs keen for things to go through in January, the teenager is unlikely to be risked when one injury could bring things crashing down.
But will Diallo get one last chance to say farewell on the field to the club who benefitted from him all too briefly?
Not many £37million players have managed only 24 minutes of league football. But Diallo is not your average player.
United’s newest winger is expected to become one of the best in the game. And it will be interesting to see how quickly he takes to life at Old Trafford.
Before then, he will have a few more chances to get a run-out.
United will no doubt be happy to see him unused between now and 2021. But there is likely to be one last chance for Diallo to show his skills in blue and black. Who knows, he may even get a start.
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