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Amad Diallo set to join Man Utd this month despite Atalanta’s late attempt to keep him

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Atalanta youngster Amad Diallo is set 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 £ 37million deal for the 18-year-old on the day of the delayed summer transfer window deadline in October, with the Ivorian set to make the switch in the new year subject to l acquisition of a work permit.

The winger has since recovered his Italian passport, which allowed him to move to Old Trafford, but his arrival in January has been questioned after current manager Gian Piero Gasperini revealed at a press conference more early Saturday he was keen to keep his man. .

“It is clear that he is now a Manchester United player, but he could still be here for a few months,” Gasperini said (via Sky Sport Italia). “I like him a lot, he’s only 18 years old. I would like him to stay until June, obviously it depends on his club. ”

Gasperini admitted he wanted to keep the man wide – despite only playing 35 minutes of first-team football this season – as a mitigation of the current situation surrounding club legend Papu Gomez, who has essentially been left out of the game. the team in anticipation of a move away from Atalanta at the end of the season.

Gian Piero Gasperini
Gasperini made a cheeky allusion at a press conference | Jonathan Moscrop / Getty Images

However, it appears Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put the kibosh on any attempt to keep Diallo in Bergamo, with transfer guru Fabrizio Romano tweeting: “Amad Diallo is expected to join Manchester United in January, not June. , despite Atalanta’s attempts. keep it on loan until the end of the season.

“Diallo will not be part of the Atalanta squad for the next game against Sassuolo. Solskjaer wants it right away. ”

The news is not surprising, with Solskjaer saying on Friday that he was “excited” by the teenager’s arrival.

“[With] Amad, we’ve had all the paperwork, or we’re waiting for all the paperwork. I really don’t see any obstacles, ”he says (via United’s official website). “I hope he will be with us soon.

“I’m very excited to bring him in. I think he has repeatedly shown his qualities. Of course he has to learn to play in England, that’s another level of football. We will give it time to develop and express itself. “