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Atalanta youngster Amad Diallo is expected to join Manchester United this month as planned, despite the Italian club wanting to keep him for the rest of the season.
United announced a £ 37 million deal for the 18-year-old on the deadline day of the delayed summer transfer window in October, and the Ivorian must make the change in the new year subject to the acquisition of a work permit.
The winger has since collected his Italian passport, allowing him to move to Old Trafford, but his arrival in January was questioned after current coach Gian Piero Gasperini revealed at a press conference the previous Saturday that he was willing. to hold on to her man. .
“It is clear that he is now a Manchester United player, but he could still stay here for a few months,” Gasperini said (via Sky Sport Italia). “I like him a lot, he is only 18 years old. I would like him to stay until June, obviously it depends on his club.”
Gasperini admitted that he wants to keep the man open, even though he has only played 35 minutes in first-team football this season, as a mitigation of the current situation surrounding club legend Papu Gómez, who has essentially been excluded from the team. in anticipation of a move away from Atalanta at the end of the season.
However, it appears that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put a stop to any attempt to keep Diallo in Bergamo, with transfer guru Fabrizio Romano tweeting: “Amad Diallo will join Manchester United in January and will not in June, despite Atalanta trying to keep him on loan until the end of the season.
“Diallo will not be part of the Atalanta team for the next game against Sassuolo. Solskjaer wants him now.”
The news is not surprising, as Solskjaer said on Friday he was “excited” by the arrival of the teenager.
“[With] Love, have we had all the paperwork, or are we waiting for all the paperwork. I can’t really see any obstacles, ”he said (via United official website). “Hopefully, he will be with us shortly.
“I am very excited to bring it. I think he has shown his qualities a few times. Of course you have to learn to play in England, that’s a different level of football. We will give him time to develop and express himself. “