Manchester United are reportedly working on a deal to sign Atalanta winger Amad Traore before Monday’s transfer deadline day.
However, the move for the 18-year-old has been described as ‘not straightforward’ by MEN sources.
Traore, who was born in the Ivory Coast, has not yet won an international cap but may not need a work permit if he has an Italian passport – having moved to Italy at a young age.
The report adds that United have partly moved for Traore before new criteria is drafted up for Premier League clubs to sign 18 to 21-year-old foreign talent post-Brexit.
Under the UK’s European Union membership, clubs could sign a scholar or professional with an EU passport over the age of 16.
The UK left the EU via the withdrawal agreement back in January. Bu they still follow EU rules as part of the transition period.
Traore has come through an Atalanta academy that is described as the best in Italy.
The young forward has been an unused substitute for the club’s opening Serie A matches this season.
Italian sources have also warned that Traore will not be cheap, despite his lack of senior playing time.
The, became the youngest player, at 17 years and 109 days old, to score on his Serie A debut in Atalanta’s 7-1 thrashing of Udinese last term, has also been linked with a switch to Parma.
United baffled by Arsenal response
Manchester United are “baffled” at transfer speculation claiming that they are close to signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to a report.
Reports on Wednesday claimed that a deal to take the Arsenal full-back to Old Trafford was “80 per cent done”.
United were supposedly completing the final paperwork for the transfer, which Sport1 claimed would go through in the coming days.
According to the Daily Mirror, however, the Red Devils have rejected the idea that Maitland-Niles is on their radar.
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