After Manchester United had beaten Aston Villa on Friday, and secured second place in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear he wants Amad Diallo to arrive from Atalanta this month.
Having agreed a deal for the 18-year-old in the last market, the Red Devils allowed him to stay at the Serie A club, giving them time to arrange the necessary work permit paperwork so arriving in January would be possible.
Solskjaer and Manchester United are clearly confident that will happen soon, yet if Atalanta had their way then Diallo would continue with them until the end of the current season.
The Italian club’s manager Gian Piero Gasperini has been quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio as saying: “Diallo is from United, but I’d like him to stay with us until June. Obviously it depends on his club.”
Given the public comments from Solskjaer it’s likely Gasperini won’t get his wish, unless there’s any unexpected issues with the work permit paperwork. Indeed, the same report states Diallo is set to ‘fly to England’, with Manchester United wanting to start his settling-in process ‘immediately’.
The youngster will then hope to have some minutes for the English club before the end of the season.