Amad Diallo is on the brink of completing his potential £37m move from Atalanta to Manchester United.
It came as a surprise to most when United announced they had reached an agreement over the winter arrival of Diallo in October.
They described the teenager as “one of the most exciting young prospects in Italian football” and confirmed he would join when the transfer window reopened in January, subject to personal terms, a medical and a work permit.
Those issues have now been sorted, with United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer excited to welcome Diallo into his squad.
“We’ve had all the paperwork, or we’re waiting for all the paperwork. I can’t see any obstacles really,” Solskjaer said, as reported by the official Manchester United website.
Amad Diallo is now flying to Rome. He’ll complete paperworks and documents to join #mufc, then when everything will be completed [in the next few days] he’ll fly to Manchester. 🔴 #ManUtd @Amaddiallo79 pic.twitter.com/sTQ4BjBuXR
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 3, 2021
“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.
“Apart from that, I’m not really thinking too much on what we’re going to do with players. Of course, we’re always working long-term.
“That’s the big thing. We have targets we need long-term for the club.”
Diallo has made just two appearances for Atalanta this season as Gian Piero Gaperini has chosen to focus on the players he will have throughout the season, with reports recently emerging claiming that he had unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate signing Diallo straight back on loan until the summer.
The winger played 22 minutes of a Champions League draw against Midtjylland in December, a few days after a substitute cameo in a home defeat to Hellas Verona.
United will pay around £19m up front to sign the Ivorian in a deal that could rise to £37.1m.