Amad Diallo demonstrates skills in training before Man Utd move
Manchester United have been questioned over the signing of Amad Diallo by a scout. The Red Devils completed the signing of the Atalanta star on Thursday, with the 18-year-old moving to Old Trafford in a £37million deal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has branded the teenager an ‘exciting’ talent – but how he fares in the Premier League remains to be seen.
Manchester United officially confirmed the signing of Diallo in a short statement uploaded on their social media channels on Thursday.
“Manchester United is pleased to confirm Amad Diallo’s arrival from Atalanta has been finalised,” it read.
“The Ivorian winger has signed a contract to the end of June 2025, with the option of an extra year.
“When an agreement between the clubs was first announced on 5 October 2020 – deadline day at the end of the summer transfer window – it was subject to a medical, work-permit and personal terms.
“These steps in the process have been completed, and an application has been made for a visa.
“Once this has been issued, Diallo will be cleared to travel to Manchester and to train with and play for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.”
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Not much is known about Diallo, who has been compared to Lionel Messi as a result of his fine performances at youth level.
But a scout, who isn’t named, has told ESPN he may not have the same potential as players such as Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr.
“I have seen Diallo many times and he’s an interesting talent, but I have to admit that the deal, especially at the figures involved, was a great surprise to me,” he said under the condition of anonymity.
“Yes, he’s excelled at youth level and yes, even with those from age groups above, but in my view he’s not comparable to players like [Barcelona’s] Ansu Fati, [Real Madrid’s] Vinicius Jr., Reinier or Rodrygo, who I all tracked at youth level.
“And for the money involved in this deal you expect a potential world star.
“I just don’t see Amad Diallo having the same potential of those I mentioned.”
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Solskjaer opened up on Diallo when speaking to the media on Friday, saying: “We’ll do the same as we did with Facundo [Pellistri].
“He joins in the training with the first team and gets settled in. Then we need to give him match-time. First team or Under-23s, we’re not going to be able to say now.
“Let’s see how he takes to it. You’ve got kids who just come in and tell us, as staff, that they’re ready for the difficult games.
“He’s a young boy who we’ve watched for a few years. We’ve seen him here [in England] play in the UEFA Youth League for the kids.
“He’s got special abilities, of course.
“Very good balance, reads the game really well and, for a young boy, he seems very mature in his decision-making. [He’s] a boy that we’re excited to develop further.
“Of course, we know he’s a young boy who’s going to learn his trade and come into a new country and new style of football, so we’ve got to be patient with him.”
Solskjaer also revealed Diallo could play in two positions, adding: “I think he [Amad] is comfortable in many positions.
“Right-wing is probably the position he’s played the most, with his left foot coming inside.
“Then again, in the Champions League for Atalanta, he played on the left – he cut inside and he went outside, so he can play different positions for us.
“Let’s give him time to find his feet here in England and we’ll hopefully see him soon.”
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