Parma director Alessandro Lucarelli admits to not being happy after seeing Manchester United secure the signing of Amad Diallo before them.
The 18-year-old is yet to secure a work permit, agree personal terms or pass a medical, the club said.
The deal for Diallo – sometimes referred to as Amad Traore – will not go through until January.
But in the meantime, Parma have been left bewildered after seeing United announce the deal. That’s after Lucarelli claimed his side also had a deal in place with Atalanta.
“We worked according to the dictates of the new club, we tried to buy many young players who will be able to give us a hand,” Lucarelli told Sky Sport Italia.
“We already had a proven squad, which is strengthened by many interesting young players.
“You must ask Atalanta about Diallo. We had the agreement and then the negotiation with Manchester United started and they sold him.
“We covered ourselves with other players and we will make up for it, but he would have been useful.”
Parma did manage to some decent deals all the same on deadline day. Valentin Mihaila, Wylan Cyprien and Hans Nicolussi Caviglia all signed up, making it a good day for the Crociati.
United statement on Diallo deal
United are believed to have paid £19m up front for Diallo, with a further £21m due in bonus-related ad-ons.
A United statement read: “Manchester United have reached an agreement with Atalanta for the future transfer of Amad Diallo, one of the most exciting young prospects in Italian football.
“The 18-year-old Ivorian right-winger has been on the radar of United scouts since 2016, when he was spotted playing at Under-15 level. The club have been tracking his progress since.”
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.