Man United 'chased Diallo for more than a year' before sealing deal

Manchester United ‘chased incredible talent Amad Diallo for more than a year’ before agreeing deal worth up to £37m, reveals ex-Italy goalkeeper Giovanni Galli as he recalls discovering wonderkid

  • Manchester United splashed out on teenage talent Amad Diallo Traore  
  • Deadline day signing cost £37million and is expected to move in January  
  • He was first discovered by Giovanni Galli who also talent spotted his brother 
  • Galli says United have been tracking Amad for more than one year before move 

The man who first talent spotted new Manchester United signing Amad Diallo has revealed the club had been chasing the ‘incredible talent’ for more than a year. 

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. 

Giovanni Galli, who played in goal for Italy in the 1980s, recalls first seeing Amad and his brother Hamed play for the first time back in 2014 in his role as Lucchese’s sporting director. 

Amad Traore’s talent was first spotted by former Italian goalkeeper Giovanni Galli

United announced the deal for the Atalanta prospect on social media on deadline day

He told Football Italia: ‘Their quality was incredible. They trained with the guys born in 1999. 

‘Hamed Junior was born in 2000 and his brother Amad was born in 2002. Despite that, there was a huge gap between them and the others.’

Both youngsters immediately made an impression after a friend of Gallo’s introduced them to him before taking part in a youth team session. 

‘Amad was tremendous. Great technical skills, outstanding personality. The way they touched the ball was different, they did nutmegs and all that. They were on another level.’ 

Hamed plays for Empoli and has been loaned out to Sassuolo while Amad played just three times for Atalanta but has shown enough to United scouts that he is worth the outlay. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United had been scouting Amad for more than a year

‘I knew they had been scouting him for over a year,’ Galli went on. 

‘I know a scout of Manchester United very well as we usually meet at games. He used to tell me that the club sent him several times to watch the player.’ 

He believes the substantial fee will help United secure a work permit for Diallo which would otherwise have been difficult as he is yet to play with his national side Ivory Coast. 

Galli concluded: ‘[The transfer fee] is high, but there is a reason behind it. [Diallo] still needs to get a work permit since he has not played with his national team yet.

The young winger is expected to join United in January and needs a work permit 

Galli was immediately struck by the quality of Amad and his brother Hamed back in 2014

‘The club need to have valid reasons to take him to the UK. One reason is that the player is coming from a top team and with Atalanta [having] been playing international competitions over the last few years, there are no problems to prove it.

‘The second reason is the price tag. A €40m signing means he is an important investment for the club.

‘If the cost would be €1m or €2m it may have been more difficult to get the work permit. That being said, €40m is still a lot of money.’

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