Manchester United have no plans to loan Amad Diallo back to Atalanta for the remainder of the season.
The Italian club are keen on agreeing a deal to keep the 18-year-old on loan until the summer following his expected arrival at Old Trafford this month.
United are in the process of finalising a work permit for Diallo after the two clubs agreed a fee rising to £37million for the winger on deadline day in October.
MEN Sport first revealed United’s interest in Diallo and reported at the time the deal for Diallo was ‘not straightforward’ due to the forward’s complicated passport issues. The teenager was born in the Ivory Coast and moved to Italy at a young age.
Speaking on Saturday Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini revealed his club were ‘working on a deal’ to keep Diallo until the end of the Serie A campaign despite him having made just two substitute appearances for the club this season.
Diallo, like fellow summer signing Facundo Pellistri, will need time to settle in England before he becomes a regular in match day squads but Solskjaer can’t wait to get to work with the exciting winger.
“Amad, we’ve had the paperwork,” Solskjaer said following United’s win over Aston Villa on New Year’s Day. “We’re waiting for other paperworks. I can’t see any obstacles, really, so hopefully he’ll be with us in not too long.
“Very excited about bringing him in. He’s shown a few times his qualities but he has to learn that playing in England is a different type of football, so we’ll give him time to develop.
“But apart from that not seeing too much of what we’re gonna do – we are always working long-term, that’s the big thing, on targets.”