Manchester United reached an agreement with Atalanta for Amad Diallo in the summer transfer window and the club have now confirmed the deal, with the winger’s arrival at Old Trafford imminent; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game”
With Manchester United rubberstamping a four-and-a-half-year deal for Amad Diallo, thoughts turn to what kind of player they have signed, and the impact the promising youngster can have on his long-awaited arrival at Old Trafford.
Diallo has made just five first-team appearances for Atalanta, but United have seen enough talent and potential to spend £37.2m to bring him to Old Trafford, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer declaring they have secured a top prospect.
“As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years and, having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game,” Solskjaer said.
“Manchester United has such a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here.
“It will take time for him to adapt, but his speed, vision and fantastic dribbling ability will stand him in good stead to make the transition. He is a player with all of the raw attributes that are needed to be an important player for Manchester United in the years to come.”
Who is Amad Diallo?
Diallo, 18, was born in the Ivory Coast, before moving to Italy around the age of 10, joining Atalanta in 2015.
He made his debut for Atalanta last season, becoming the youngest player – at 17 years and 109 days old – to score on his Serie A debut in their 7-1 thrashing of Udinese.
As a result, the Ivorian travelled with the Atalanta squad to Lisbon for their Champions League quarter-final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
Diallo has featured in just four league games for Atalanta, but the player has impressed in training, so much so that Papu Gomez recently likened him to a certain Lionel Messi.
“There are defenders in the first team that sometimes cannot stop him. To stop him in training, we have to kick him! He plays like Messi,” said Atalanta’s captain.