Manchester United are a significant step closer to signing Amad Diallo after the Atalanta winger passed his medical checks with the club.
The 18-year-old is yet to secure a work permit, or agree personal terms the club confirmed at the time.
The deal for Diallo – sometimes referred to as Amad Traore – will not go through until January.
United will pay a reported €19m (£17.2m) up front for Diallo, with a further €21m (£19.1) in bonuses and add-ons.
However, United have now cleared the first of those three hurdles. As per Fabrizio Romano, Diallo has successfully passed a medical with the club on Thursday.
Amad Traoré Diallo has completed today his medicals as new Manchester United player. Work in progress for his passport – he'll arrive in January as reported on Deadline Day. 🔴 #MUFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 8, 2020
Talks are set to resume with authorities over his passport and subsequent work permit. However, the agreeing of personal terms is not expected to be an issue.
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.
News of Diallo’s signing though will come as a boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who were hammered 6-1 by Tottenham on Sunday.
Galli backs Diallo for success
Eyebrows have been raised at the fee United are paying for Diallo, given he is relatively untested at a senior level.
However, former Italy goalkeeper Giovanni Galli insists United will not regret the purchase. And he believes in Diallo, they are signing a star who can go right to the top.
“[The transfer fee] is high, but there is a reason behind it,” he told Football Italia. [Diallo] still needs to get a work permit since he has not played with his national team yet.
“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.”