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Atalanta aim to keep Amad Diallo on loan for remainder of 2020/21 season

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Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini has revealed that the Italian side are looking to keep Ivorian winger Amad Diallo at the club until the end of the season, despite his agreement to join Manchester United this month.

In October 2020, United struck a £ 37million deal to bring the teenager to Old Trafford in January, and Diallo has now recovered his Italian passport before heading to England to complete the transfer.

The stage is set for Diallo to move to Old Trafford shortly, but Gasperini confirmed at a press conference that he would like to see the talented teenager stay a bit longer in Italy.

“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 has admitted that he sees Diallo as an “internal solution” to the lingering problem with Papu Gomez, who was essentially left from the squad in anticipation of Atalanta leaving at the end of the season.

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Gomez should leave Atalanta | Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images

He is hoping to see Diallo stay and cover Gomez’s absence, but United have made it clear their desire to bring the 18-year-old in as soon as possible.

“[With] Amad, we’ve had all the paperwork, or we’re waiting for all the paperwork. I really don’t see any obstacles, ”said manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (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.

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Solskjaer wants Diallo immediately | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

“Other than that, I don’t really think too much about what we’re going to do with the players. Of course, we are always working long term. This is the big problem. We have goals that we need long term for the club.

Diallo has only managed 35 minutes of action in all competitions for Atalanta this season, but Gasperini believes he should play a bit more following Gomez’s clash with the club, so it could all come down to find out if United think Diallo is ready. for life in the Premier League right now.

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