Manchester United chiefs are cautiously optimistic of signing Atalanta winger Amad Traore before the transfer window slams shut.
Talks between the relevant parties are progressing, although the deal is reportedly far from done at this stage.
Traore became the youngest player to score on his Serie A debut in Atalanta’s 7-1 win over Udinese last season and he is expected to not be cheap, despite only playing 30 minutes of football in Italy’s top flight.
He travelled with the squad to Lisbon for Atalanta’s Champions League quarter-final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last month but he has been an unused substitute in their opening matches this season.
United do not consider Traore to be an alternative to Jadon Sancho, according to Manchester Evening News.
They are hoping to wrap up the deal this summer before new criteria is drafted for Premier League teams to sign young foreign talent post-Brexit.
The UK is still following EU rules that allow clubs to sign players with an EU passport over the age of 16 but that could change once the transition period ends on January 31.
Atalanta have history selling young players for big money, which suggests Traore will not arrive on the cheap.
They sold his Under-19 team-mate, Dejan Kulusevski to Juventus for £29.7million last year.
They are known to have a talented academy and Traore is a player who could become a star at Old Trafford in the future, should he make the move.