The signing of Atalanta teenager Amad Diallo has been completed by Manchester United with a contract until 2025 and an option for a further year.
On October 5, United entered into an agreement with the Serie A club for the 18-year-old player, subject to medical conditions, a work permit and medical conditions. United confirmed that these steps have been completed and that a visa has been requested to enable Diallo to travel to Manchester and join the squad of Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Diallo’s initial transfer fee is said to be EUR 21 million (£ 18.7 million), with an additional EUR 20 million possible as a transfer fee.
“Solskjær said, “As a club, we have been watching Amad for a number of years and I believe he is one of the most exciting young talents after watching him myself.
Manchester United has a proud history of developing young players and for Amad to fulfill his potential here, everything is in place.
It’s going to take him some time to settle in, but his speed, his vision and his fantastic dribbling are going to help him make the transition. He’s a player with all of the qualities needed in the years to come to be an important player for Manchester United.
Diallo, whose shirt number has not yet been announced, said, “After waiting since the summer, my move to Manchester United is finally a dream come true.”
I am very ambitious and in soccer there is so much I want to accomplish. When I spoke to the manager, I knew I had found the perfect club.
I can promise that every day I will work hard to learn from them and give everything I can to develop my game. Since I signed, the coaches have been fantastic, we have been in regular contact and they have given me lots of great advice already.
“I’ve had time to prepare for this change, both physically and mentally, and I’ve worked really hard to be ready to make the move to this great club.”
The commission, which handed a three-match ban to Diallo’s new teammate Edinson Cavani for using a racist term on social media, said it was “surprised” that he had not received club media training.
The three-member independent regulatory commission accepted that when he used the word “negrito” in an Instagram post on Nov. 29 and imposed the minimum possible penalty, Cavani had not intended to cause offense. The post was in response to a friend, Pablo Fernández, who told the commission that his lifelong nickname is “negrito”
The South American soccer federation Conmebol, which pointed out that the term can be used as affection on the continent, criticized the decision to punish Cavani, among others.
The Uruguayan immediately deleted the post and apologized for any offense, but the commission was shocked that United had not given the player media training at the time, given the size of Cavani’s Instagram following.
“Given the high profile of the player, his inability to speak English and the fact that he has almost eight million Instagram followers, the commission was surprised that no such ‘training’ was offered specifically to the player by his club,” the written reasoning for the suspension reads.