Manchester United have come to an agreement to buy young right winger Amad Traoré from Atalanta.
The left-footed Ivorian is considered a shining prospect and in the 2019 season of the Serie A, he became the first player born in 2002 to score a goal
It was reported that United had been trying to get the signature of the 18-year-old for some weeks but have been unable to arrange a work permit for him. The player was due to head to Parma on loan until at least January but that deal has now fallen through.
Transfer expert Gianluca di Marzio chimed in on the development. He tweeted this morning saying ‘Diallo Traore is going to Man United from Atalanta’.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) October 5, 2020
Another transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, has confirmed the deal.
‘Amad Traoré will join Manchester United on next January, here we go!,’ Romano said.
‘Deal agreed right now with Atalanta but the young talent [born in 2002] will arrive on 2021 because of work permit and passport timing.’
‘Man United will pay €30m + add ons for him!’
Traoré is one of the top young talents here in Italy. Atalanta have the best Academy so far.
Papu Gomez told about him: “He’s a future star, trust me. During our trainings he seems like Messi! You can’t stop him”.
He played 25 minutes in Serie A and scored one goal. 🔴 #MUFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 5, 2020
Whether the young star will hit the ground running in the Premier League half way through the season remains to be seen, but the fact that United have invested £27.7 million on a player with just three short Serie A substitute appearances behind him suggests that they, too, believe they have discovered the next Leo Messi .