Feyenoord are reportedly ready to return to the negotiating table for Manchester United forward Amad Diallo after an injury scuppered his hopes of joining them in the summer.
Man Utd signed Diallo last October after missing out on main winger target Jadon Sancho. However, with Sancho now having arrived at the club, coupled with the return of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus and Jesse Lingard from a loan spell away, chances are limited for the Ivory Coast international.
Diallo is a bright talent and United want to ensure his progression follows a smooth path. With that in mind, they were willing to loan the winger out in the summer.
Feyenoord were ready to take him on a season-long loan, before he suffered an injury that ruled out a deal. He is yet to feature this season as a result, although he is nearing a return. But even when he does, his prospects of gametime do not look good.
Therefore, Man Utd will consider sending him out on loan again. After agreeing to terms in the summer, Feyenoord will be prime suitors again.
According to Feyenoord Transfermarkt, Diallo is still on the Dutch club’s radar. They are aiming to sign him on loan in January, potentially on longer terms than they would have agreed to a few months ago.
Presumably, that means they would prefer any loan deal to spill over into next season as well.
Still only 19, Diallo has plenty of time to make the grade back at Man Utd. But his chances there currently seem slim, so this may be the best option.
United have him under contract until 2025, with the option of a further year. Their plan is to loan Diallo out in January, although Feyenoord will not be his only suitors.
They will hope to use the agreement they found in the summer to push through a deal ahead of other competitors for his signature.
Feyenoord are fifth in the Eredivisie after seven matches, with a game in hand that could take them up to second if they win. Furthermore, only league leaders Ajax have scored more goals than them so far.
But they are still looking for reinforcements in the transfer market to sustain their positive start.
They signed Reiss Nelson on loan from Arsenal in the summer, but he is yet to play for them. They may view Diallo as a preferable alternative still, having originally wanted him all along.
Four Man Utd stars eyed by Newcastle
Diallo is not the only fringe Man Utd player being tipped for an exit in the winter. In fact, as many as four of his teammates have emerged onto the radar of Newcastle after their takeover.
There is much anticipation about how Newcastle might spend some of the funds freshly available to them. To start with, they are likely to look within the Premier League.
But to show their ambition, they could target players from clubs at the opposite end of the table to them currently.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Newcastle are interested in four Man Utd players.
Out-of-favour forward Anthony Martial is their top choice. Meanwhile, Lingard, Eric Bailly and Donny van de Beek would also be of interest.
With all those players more senior than Diallo, they would likely be sold on a permanent basis if it is deemed their futures are going to lie away from Old Trafford.
But for Diallo himself, his long-term prospects could still be in Manchester. For the time being, though, Feyenoord will try to prise him away.