Atalanta’s president admitted the details in Amad Diallo’s Manchester United transfer are ‘crazy’ after the winger was signed on deadline day.
Antonio Percassi explained that United had been tracking the 18-year-old winger for more than a year before they pulled the trigger on a deal this summer.
United splashed out on a transfer worth £37.3million – £17m of which is based on achievable add-ons.
He will link up with the club in January once he has gained a work permit.
‘The details and scenarios are crazy. Meeting after meeting we learned unimaginable things.
‘This leads to the growth of the club and enriches the work of everyone, from the general manager, Umberto Marino, to the entire staff.’
Explaining how the transfer came about, Percassi said: ‘A few days after the Youth League game against Manchester City, the other Manchester contacted us.
‘They had followed him, the real negotiation started. We went twice to England. The text of the final agreement is a contractual masterpiece.
‘And it is above all thanks to Luca’s (Percassi, Atalanta CEO) work that we arrived at the final figures. It was an operation we couldn’t refuse.
‘If the boy becomes great, we will have recognition for a long time. If he’s not lucky, we’re protected.’