Atalanta target Diallo loan deal ahead of Man United transfer

Atalanta are keen on loaning Amad Diallo from Manchester United for the remainder of the season.

Diallo, 18, is expected to officially become a United player in the January transfer window after the two clubs agreed a fee rising to £37million for the winger on deadline day in October.

The MEN first revealed United’s interest in Diallo and reported at the time the deal for Diallo was ‘not straightforward’ due to the forward’s passport issues. The teenager was born in the Ivory Coast and moved to Italy at a young age.

United are in the process of finalising a work permit for Diallo but Atalanta are keen on trying to lure the youngster back for the remainder of the Serie A season despite having made just two substitute appearances this season.

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Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini announced on Saturday in a press conference the club are “working to keep Amad Diallo on loan until June.”

MEN Sport understand United have no plans to sanction such a loan deal with the club keen to integrate the youngster into their first-team squad.

Speaking after United defeated Aston Villa on New Year’s Day manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he does not envisage any ‘obstacles’ in finalising Diallo’s transfer this month.

“Amad, we’ve had the paperwork,” Solskjaer explained. “We’re waiting for other paperworks. I can’t see any obstacles, really, so hopefully he’ll be with us in not too long.

“Very excited about bringing him in. He’s shown a few times his qualities but he has to learn that playing in England is a different type of football, so we’ll give him time to develop.

“But apart from that not seeing too much of what we’re gonna do – we are always working long-term, that’s the big thing, on targets.”

Manchester Evening News