Its been a slow transfer window for Manchester United, but things are seemingly picking up pace with reports claiming they are now set to win the race for Atalanta forward Amad Diallo Traore.
Traore made a breakthrough for Atalanta last season, making three Serie A appearances and netting on his debut against Udinese, with teammate Papu Gomez going on to liken the talented teenager to one of the world’s greatest ever players: “He plays like Messi,” Gomez said on Instagram back in April.
“There are defenders in the first-team that sometimes cannot stop him. To stop him in training, we have to kick him.”
While his first-team minutes may have been limited to date, Traore has been a regular for Atalanta’s U19 side, scored seven goals and providing 11 assists for the youth team last season, including putting in a notable performance against Man City in the UEFA Youth League last October.
The 18-year-old, who predominantly plays on the right-wing but can also play centrally, has been tentatively linked with Manchester United for a number of weeks, though it was widely expected that he would be heading to fellow Italian side, Parma, on loan this summer.
However, Sky Sports Italy are reporting that Atalanta ended talks with Parma following Manchester United’s interest, although, Traore is not expected to make the move until January due to work permit issues, the Ivory Coast born forward having been living in Italy since the age of 10.
The report claims that Manchester United are have agreed a deal worth €30 million (£27m) plus add-ons, a fee that looks particularly high given his lack of senior footballing experience.
Manchester United are also thought to be closing in on Uruguayan youngster Facundo Pellistri, while Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles are currently undergoing medicals, though have seemingly failed in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho and Ousmane Dembele.