Manchester United are still working on getting summer signing Amad Diallo a work permit to be able to join the club in the January transfer window. The teenager made his Champions League debut this week and will arrive at Old Trafford a highly-rated young attacker.
The Red Devils agreed a £19million deal rising to £37m for the Atalanta forward but his move to England is not that straightforward due to the difficulties of securing a work permit.
The Ivory Coast-born player moved to Italy in his childhood and United are still in the process of ensuring the incoming wide-man can play for the club after the winter window.
United are thought to have been tracking Diallo for four years and he has so far made five first-team appearances for Serie A side Atalanta so far.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is relishing the chance to call upon Diallo’s services, insisting he is a “very exciting” talent, but says progress towards earning a work permit is ongoing.
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Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of United’s top-flight clash with West Ham, Solskjaer said: “Amad has come on a few times for Atalanta lately.
“He is a very exciting young boy and talent. Hopefully we’ll get the work permit and he’ll be with us in January. A very, very exciting boy as well.”
The Manchester Evening News say United’s move for Diallo late in the summer window was partly borne out of concerns about the post-Brexit transfer rules.
It was confirmed this week that from December 31st onwards, clubs can only sign six foreign players per season and only three overseas signings under the age of 21 in a campaign.
Clubs must also wait until players abroad turn 18 before they can be brought to the Premier League.
United also signed Facundo Pellistri in the summer though the Argentine teenager has been in Manchester since his move, albeit having yet to play in the first team.
Solskjaer said: “Facundo has come in, trained with the first-team, done well, we felt now is time for him to get game time.
“They had a FaceTime between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Traore, they were in the car with the agent of Traore and they told me the player was like dreaming.
“He said, ‘It’s a dream for me’ and Solskjaer said to the player many good things, ‘You are part of our future. We are convinced you’re ready to play for Manchester United. You will need time obviously so no rush, no pressure, but you are a United player. We’re not signing you just to send you on loan. We’re convinced you can be an important player for United.’
“He was going to Parma and then immediately after he’s going to United. Congrats to Traore.
“I’m convinced this is a great deal for Man United, I love this guy, he’s a good guy, not just a good player.”