Manchester United will sign Atalanta winger Amad Traore for €30m (£27m) in January, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The 18-year-old was close to joining Parma on loan for the rest of the season but the deal has now collapsed, with the Red Devils swooping in to secure the player on a permanent deal.
Amad Traoré will join Manchester United on next January, here we go! Deal agreed right not with Atalanta but the young talent [born in 2002] will arrive on 2021 because of work permit and passport timing.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 5, 2020
It does appear that the work permit issue is the main reason why the transfer will take place in January rather than before tonight’s deadline, but with Traore unlikely to be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team plans straight away, they can afford to take their time.
Under current EU rules, signing a young player with an Italian passport should not be an issue, but with the UK’s withdrawal set to be completed soon, United are said to be keen on taking the player now rather than in a year or two when a visa could be more difficult to obtain.
In addition to Traore, the Red Devils are expected to complete deals for Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani in the coming hours.