Date published: Wednesday 7th October 2020 1:19
Manchester United have been informed that the eventual €40m they will spend on Amad Diallo will prove a bargain.
United announced late on deadline day that a deal for the teenage winger had been agreed with Atalanta.
The 18-year-old is yet to secure a work permit, agree personal terms or pass a medical, the club said.
The deal for Diallo – sometimes referred to as Amad Traore – will not go through until January.
United will pay a reported €19m up front for Diallo, with a further €21m in bonuses and add-ons.
Traore has one goal from three appearances for the Atalanta first team, making him the first player born in 2002 to score in Serie A.
Eyebrows have been raised at the money spent on signing such a novice, however.
Despite the price involved, former Italy goalkeeper Giovanni Galli insists United will not regret the purchase.
He has recalled the first time he saw Diallo, and his brother Hamed, play back in 2014.
Speaking to Football Italia, Galli said: ‘Their quality was incredible. They trained with the guys born in 1999.
“Hamed Junior was born in 2000 and his brother Amad was born in 2002. Despite that, there was a huge gap between them and the others.
“Amad was tremendous. Great technical skills, outstanding personality. The way they touched the ball was different, they did nutmegs and all that. They were on another level.’
He added: “I knew they [Man Utd] had been scouting him for over a year.
“I know a scout of Manchester United very well as we usually meet at games. He used to tell me that the club sent him several times to watch the player.”
Galli backs Diallo for success
With a decision on his work permit yet to be made, Galli thinks that the big fee will give the Red Devils a very good chance of being successful.
Galli continued: “[The transfer fee] is high, but there is a reason behind it. [Diallo] still needs to get a work permit since he has not played with his national team yet.
“The club need to have valid reasons to take him to the UK. One reason is that the player is coming from a top team and with Atalanta [having] been playing international competitions over the last few years, there are no problems to prove it.
“The second reason is the price tag. A €40m signing means he is an important investment for the club.
“If the cost would be €1m or €2m it may have been more difficult to get the work permit. That being said, €40m is still a lot of money.”
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