Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Amad Traore from Atalanta in January, according to various sources.
Traore had been expected to join Parma, but it has fallen through at the last hurdle.
That has presented an opportunity for United, who initially made an approach for the teenager last month.
Now, they are on the verge of hijacking the deal for Traore. Fabrizio Romano and Gianluca Di Marzio reports that the 18-year-old will be heading to Old Trafford in the winter after Atalanta blocked his move to Parma.
Di Marzio claims United will pay around €30m for the talented winger.
Mike McGrath of the Telegraph adds that United sent an application for a work permit for the Ivory Coast winger on Friday. The timing means Traore will have to wait until January to seal his move.
Traore has one goal from three appearances for the Atalanta first team, making him the first player born in 2002 to score in Serie A.
United have been chasing a winger all summer, with Jadon Sancho their top target at first. Ousmane Dembele then became their backup plan.
Traore could be a good option for the long-term, despite only playing 24 minutes of Serie A football to date.
Koeman doesn’t rule out Dembele move
With Traore not arriving immediately, Man Utd continue to be linked with signing Dembele from Barcelona.
The winger was left out of Ronald Koeman’s lineup for Barca’s draw against Sevilla at the weekend, and the Dutch coach admits he does not know what the future holds.
“What is certain in the world? I don’t know,” he said.
“At the moment, he’s a Barcelona player. There’s still one day left for incomings and outgoings. We’ll see.”