Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal of around €30 million (£27.2 million) plus add-ons to sign Atalanta forward Amad Traore, but the 18-year-old will not arrive until January due to work permit and passport issues.
United have been eyeing moves for a promising forward player for some time now, and it appears that the Red Devils have secured an agreement with Atalanta for the winger, which will see him arrive at Old Trafford in the January window due to timings over a work permit, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Traore became the first player born in 2002 in Serie A history to score a league goal when he netted his first goal for Atalanta against Udinese last season, and he went onto make three appearances for the Italian club in the league over the course of the campaign, as per Sofascore.
The Red Devils have been in the market to add to their attacking options this window, but they are likely to miss out on Jadon Sancho with Dortmund not wanting to sanction a move, while they are also unlikely to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona with the forward set to stay at the Spanish club, as per the Telegraph.
Traore looks like the sort of signing that is being made for the long-term rather than the here and now given his limited playing time last term, which is perhaps why the club are pulling the trigger despite not being able to officially bring him in until January. The Red Devils have had all transfer window to sort out a work permit however, so one has to wonder why they didn’t move for the 18-year-old much earlier.
In the long run, though, this looks like a very good addition. Although £27.2 million for an 18-year-old is a hefty fee, he has shown glimpses of his talent, completing 50% of his dribbles last season (via Sofascore). This could be looked back on in a few years a real bargain signing if he fulfils his apparent potential.
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