Man United chased Diallo for more than a year, says Atalanta president

Atalanta president reveals Manchester United began chasing Amad Diallo when he starred in UEFA Youth League game against City over a year ago… as he labels £37m deal for 18-year-old a ‘contractual masterpiece’ for his club

  • Manchester United announced on deadline day a £37m deal for Amad Diallo
  • The player will make the move from Atalanta to the Premier League in January 
  • Atalanta president Antonio Percassi has opened up on how the deal materialised
  • He explained how United made initial contact with Atalanta more than a year ago

Manchester United’s pursuit of £37million deadline day signing Amad Diallo began more than a year ago, revealed Atalanta’s president.

United wrapped up a deadline day move for the Atalanta prospect worth an initial £21m that could rise to £37m with add-ons. He is expected to complete the switch in January, subject to a medical, personal terms and a work permit. 

Antonio Percassi, who runs the Bergamo side, detailed how United vice-chairman Ed Woodward made an approach for the 18-year-old after a UEFA Youth League match more than 12 months ago. 

 Manchester Unted’s pursuit of Amad Traore Diallo has been revealed by Atalanta’s president

United announced the deal for the Atalanta prospect on deadline day. He will join in January

Speaking to L’Eco di Bergamo, Percassi said: ‘The negotiation with Manchester lasted almost a year. The details and the scenarios are crazy. 

‘Meeting after meeting we learned unimaginable things. This leads to the growth of the club and enriches the work of everyone, from the general manager, Umberto Marino, to the entire staff.

‘(United made contact) a few days after the Youth League game against Manchester City. They had followed him, the real negotiation started. 

United made the first call for Diallo (second from left) after a Youth League game back in 2019

Ed Woodward drives United’s recruitment and the deal is said to be a ‘contractual masterpiece’

‘We went twice to England. The text of the final agreement is a contractual masterpiece.’ 

Manchester United made a number of late signings but it is Diallo that has reportedly left club staff brimming with exciting given his immense potential. 

It is a significant outlay on Diallo, a player who has had around 30 minutes worth of experience in Serie A to date. 

Boss Gian Piero Gasperini is introducing him slowly before he leaves for Old Trafford in January. 

Atalanta president, Antonio Percassi, detailed how the deal was made in thee Italian media

The youngster made his debut for the Serie A side last season and was part of the club’s squad for their Champions League quarter-final clash against Paris Saint-Germain.   

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has looked to bring the age of the squad down since arriving and he has largely managed to do it.

Diallo would not be the only teenager in the first team squad with Mason Greenwood, 19, thriving on the right of United’s attack. 

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