05 October 2020 14:36
Manchester United are looking to the future by agreeing a £27million deal to sign Atalanta teenager Amad Traore. The 18-year-old winger will join the club at the start of 2021 when his work permit is cleared, according to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano. Getty Images - Getty 4 The Ivorian cannot join until January Getty Images - Getty 4 Atalanta's talent factory has reaped some big rewards in recent years And Romano also believes United are signing a gem. Writing on Instagram, he posted: "[Atalanta forward] Papu Gomez told about him: 'He's a future star, trust me. During our training sessions he seems like Messi!
You can't stop him, he's unbelievable, our centre backs have serious problems when Traoré is on the pitch… he's fantastic!'" Traore, who was born in Ivory Coast but moved to Italy at a young age, has made just three Serie A appearances since graduating from the Atalanta academy. However, United are thought to see him how Juventus see Dejan Kulusevski, the 20-year-old Sweden international they signed from Atalanta in January for £29.7m. Traore was the first player born in 2002 to score in the Italian top-flight when he scored seven minutes into his debut in 2019. Man United were linked with a host of forwards after failing to agree a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho. They have missed out on Ousmane Dembele as the France forward has decided to stay at Barcelona.
talkSPORT's Moose told Breakfast: "They're not going to get Jadon Sancho, they need to find a central defender from somewhere." MANCHESTER UNITED lawyers are still hoping to secure a deal for Atalanta wonderkid Amad Traore. And if they can't do that before the window closes tonight they are working on a back-up plan to ensure he is signed before Brexit rules block young talent coming into the UK on January 1. 1 Man Utd are in a race against the clock to sign Atalanta wonderkid Adam Traore Credit: Getty Images - Getty Traore, 18, has been compared to Lionel Messi by his club's La Liga skipper Papu Gomez. Gomez said: "There are defenders in the first team that sometimes cannot stop him. "To stop him in training, we have to kick him!
"He plays like Messi." The problem with Traore is that he was born in the Ivory Coast then moved to Italy when he was aged around ten and does not have an Italian passport. Man Utd are keen to get a deal done now given that next year he would need a work permit to join – and he has no international caps. Traore has played only three Serie A games so far and United are desperate to beg him with Manchester City, Arsenal and Juventus circling. Meanwhile, Man Utd have told Jadon Sancho 'we haven't given up on you' despite failing to get a deal over the line for the England winger. The Red Devils finally gave up on getting the Borussia Dortmund star at the weekend as the Bundesliga club refused to budge on their valuation. United had offered £70million up front rising to £100m - but Dortmund wanted more up front and £108m overall. While Sancho, 20, wanted the move, he did not want to force the deal by publicly announcing his desire to leave. A public transfer request could have jeopardised his relationship with Dortmund if the deal did not go through. He has told close pals that he is convinced he will still end up being a United player with a deal revived in the New Year. The club have made it clear to the player that they will not turn their back on the move despite the problems they have encountered with Dortmund this summer. But they simply do not believe that a 20-year-old player in the current financial climate is worth £108m. Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign the 18-year-old Atalanta winger Amad Traoré for €30m (£27.2m) plus add-ons. The talented youngster was on his way to Parma on loan – the club had announced the transfer on their social media channels – before United made their move early on deadline day. Men's transfer window summer 2020 – all deals from Europe's top five leagues Read more The Ivorian winger, who scored on his Serie A debut last season, is set to join United in January with a work permit pending. He has been on the bench for Atalanta's three Serie A games this season. The Atalanta forward Papu Gómez recently said about Traoré: "He's a future star, trust me. During our training sessions he plays like Messi! You can't stop him, he's unbelievable, our centre-backs have serious problems when Traoré is on the pitch... United are expected to complete deals for the forward Edinson Cavani, who is a free agent, and the Porto left-back Alex Telles. Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign Amad Traore from Atalanta with a deal to be completed now or next January. Traore, 18, was due to sign for Parma until the transfer collapsed at the last minute. The Reds have now swooped in as they hold talks with Atalanta to lure the promising winger to Old Trafford. Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano says a work permit is still pending with the deal in line to be completed during this window or in January. Manchester United are now in advanced talks to sign Amad Traoré [2002 top talent] from Atalanta on a permanent deal! Deal collapsed with Parma (after announcement) and Man Utd in talks. Work permit still pending, deal to be completed now or on next January. - Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 5, 2020 The Premier League club will play €30 million (£27 million) plus add-ons for the Ivory Coast prospect. Amad Traoré will join Manchester United on next January, here we go! Deal agreed right not with Atalanta but the young talent [born in 2002] will arrive on 2021 because of work permit and passport timing. More: - Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 5, 2020 Traore came through Atalanta's youth team and made his Serie A debut in October 2019.