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Manchester United cautiously optimistic over Amad Traore deal before transfer deadline day

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Amad Traore of Atalanta BC celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and Udinese Calcio at Gewiss Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Bergamo, Italy.
Traore is a big talent (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United chiefs are cautiously optimistic of signing Atalanta winger Amad Traore before the transfer window slams shut.

Talks between the relevant parties are progressing, although the deal is reportedly far from done at this stage.

Traore became the youngest player to score on his Serie A debut in Atalanta’s 7-1 win over Udinese last season and he is expected to not be cheap, despite only playing 30 minutes of football in Italy’s top flight.

He travelled with the squad to Lisbon for Atalanta’s Champions League quarter-final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last month but he has been an unused substitute in their opening matches this season.

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United do not consider Traore to be an alternative to Jadon Sancho, according to Manchester Evening News.

They are hoping to wrap up the deal this summer before new criteria is drafted for Premier League teams to sign young foreign talent post-Brexit.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road on September 22, 2020 in Luton, England. Sporting Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors
Solskjaer is hoping to welcome new arrivals (Picture: Getty)

The UK is still following EU rules that allow clubs to sign players with an EU passport over the age of 16 but that could change once the transition period ends on January 31.

Atalanta have history selling young players for big money, which suggests Traore will not arrive on the cheap.

They sold his Under-19 team-mate, Dejan Kulusevski to Juventus for £29.7million last year.

They are known to have a talented academy and Traore is a player who could become a star at Old Trafford in the future, should he make the move.

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