Manchester United are now preparing for the imminent arrival of Amad Diallo as they await final clearance on his move to Old Trafford from Atalanta.
The teenager’s Governing Body Exemption paperwork has been signed off by the Football Association with the finishing touches now being applied to his registration documents as authorities continue to process his visa.
Diallo flew into Rome this week as part of the visa procedure and is now waiting for officials at the Ivory Coast Embassy to rubber-stamp his switch to United.
Manchester United announced they had signed the 18-year-old winger on the final day of the summer transfer window and are hopeful Diallo might be able to begin training with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad at Carrington as early as next week.
Diallo, who joined the Premier League club for £37.2m, has featured only twice for Atalanta this season.
The Serie A side were interested in re-signing Diallo on loan for the remainder of the season but it is understood that United have no plans to sanction such a return for the rest of the campaign.
Diallo made the move to Atalanta’s academy in 2015 and was handed his senior debut last October in the 7-1 victory over Udinese. The youngster found the net after coming off the bench in that game and in doing so he became the first player born in 2002 to score a goal in Serie A.
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His most recent appearance came in Atalanta’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Midtjylland on December 1.
Who is Amad Diallo?
Diallo, 18, was born in the Ivory Coast, before moving to Italy around the age of 10, joining Atalanta in 2015.
The youngster made his debut for Atalanta last season, becoming the youngest player – at 17 years and 109 days old – to score on his Serie A debut in their 7-1 thrashing of Udinese.
As a result, the Ivorian travelled with the Atalanta squad to Lisbon for their Champions League quarter-final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
Diallo has featured in just four league games for Atalanta, but the player has impressed in training, so much so that Papu Gomez recently likened him to a certain Lionel Messi.
“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,” said Atalanta’s captain.
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