Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini has revealed his desire to keep hold of Amad Diallo until the end of the season, despite the young forward’s plans to join up with Manchester United this winter.
The Red Devils and Atalanta reached a £19million agreement – which could rise to £36m – for Diallo back in October and the transfer’s completion has hinged on the 18-year-old being granted the necessary paperwork.
The move edged a step closer as Diallo was issued a UK work permit last month and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared to confirm on Friday that the teenager would be on his way to England in the January transfer window.
‘We have had all the paperwork, I can’t see any obstacles. He’s coming,’ Solskjaer said following United’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
‘I hope very soon he will be with us. I’m very excited about bringing him in. I think he’s shown a few times his qualities.
‘Of course he has to learn to play in England, that’s a different level of football. We’ll give him time to develop and to express himself.
‘Apart from that, I’m not really thinking too much on what we’re going to do with players. Of course, we’re always working long-term.
‘That’s the big thing. We have targets we need long-term for the club.‘
But Atalanta boss Gasperini – just one day on from Solskjaer’s comments – raised the possibility of Diallo remaining in Italy until the end of their campaign.
‘Manchester United own Amad Diallo, but he could remain with us for a few more months,’ he said at a press conference.
‘I really like him, he’s only 18, and I’d like him to stay until June.
‘But obviously it depends on his club.’
The Ivorian burst onto the scene and made history last term as he become the youngster player to score on his Serie A debut, at just 17 years and 109 days old.