Atalanta starlet Amad Diallo has edged a step closer to completing a move to Manchester United after being granted a passport.
The Red Devils confirmed that they had reached a £37million agreement for Diallo back in October after Parma’s deal for the 18-year-old Ivorian fell through.
Diallo has remained with Atalanta since United announced their impending arrival on deadline day but, according to Sky Italy, the Premier League giants are ‘optimistic’ the winger will be granted a UK work permit imminently.
Once given the all-clear, Diallo is expected to travel to Manchester and the highly-rated teenager could join up with United’s first-team squad when he arrives in the north west.
United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Diallo could follow in the footsteps of Facundo Pellistri, 18, who also joined the club towards the end of the summer transfer window.
The young Uruguayan has been on the periphery of Solskjaer’s first-team plans but is yet to make his senior debut.
‘We felt Facundo would benefit,’ Solskjaer told the media earlier this week.
‘He started training with the first-team – he did well but we couldn’t give him game-time so we thought we’d give him a run of games in the Under-23s and he’s benefited from that.
‘His confidence has been given a boost. He’s shown in all the games that he can impact the game.
‘With Amad, hopefully we can get him in and we’ll see how the squad looks and how he looks and how he settles as soon as possible.
‘They’re both talented players that we believe will have a long career here. It’s important we find the right time.’
This season, the youngster has made two substitute appearances for Atalanta.