Manchester United on Thursday confirmed the signing of forward Amad Diallo from Atalanta.

The Ivorian winger has signed a contract to the end of June 2025, with the option of an extra year.

When an agreement between the clubs was first announced on October 5, 2020 – deadline day at the end of the summer transfer window – it was subject to a medical, work-permit and personal terms.

These steps in the process have been completed, and an application has been made for a visa. Once this has been issued, Diallo will be cleared to travel to Manchester and to train with and play for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Amad Diallo is officially a Manchester United Player

“After waiting since the summer, it is finally a dream come true to complete my move to Manchester United. I am hugely ambitious and there is so much that I want to achieve in the game; when I spoke to the manager I knew that I had joined the perfect club,” the 18-year-old striker said in a statement.

“This is a really exciting squad with so many great players, I can promise that I will work hard every day to learn from them and give everything to develop my game. The coaches have been fantastic since I signed, we have been in touch regularly and they have already given me a lot of great advice,” he added.

Diallo featured twice for Atalanta’s first team earlier this season, both as a substitute in home games. He played the last 10 minutes against Hellas Verona in Serie A on November 28 and then faced FC Midtjylland a few days later in the Champions League, coming on in the 68th minute.

The 18-year-old, who played regularly in Atalanta’s youth ranks, made a total of five senior appearances for the Italian club and scored one goal, on his debut against Udinese in October 2019.

Welcoming Amad to United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:

“As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years and having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game. Manchester United has such a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here.” 

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