Manchester United have denied an Amad Diallo request from Atalanta, with the forward left out of a key Serie A clash.
The Red Devils are set to welcome the 18-year-old to Carrington this month, having agreed a deal worth €25m up front with potential €15m in bonuses and add-ons.
Having continued his development with Atalanta’s academy squad and making two senior appearances, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to bring the forward in now.
The Italian side, though, asked United if they could keep hold of the forward until June.
And they made another request to let the teenager be part of the squad to face high-flying Sassuolo on Sunday, where a win would put Atalanta in the top five.
But transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has reported that United have said no to Atalanta on both counts.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “Confirmed. Amad Diallo is set to join Manchester United in January and not in June, despite Atalanta trying to keep him on loan until the end of the season.
“Diallo won’t be part Atalanta team for next match against Sassuolo. Solskjaer wants him right now @ #MUFC.”
The Ivorian impressed United last season after scoring eight goals and making 11 assists, grabbing a goal on his Serie A debut.
And Solskjaer has suggested that the 18-year-old will be given more time to adjust before being thrown into senior action at Old Trafford.
Speaking after Friday night’s win over Aston Villa, the United boss said: “We have had all the paperwork, I can't see any obstacles. He's coming.
“I hope very soon he will be with us.
“I’m very excited about bringing him in, I think he’s shown a few times his qualities.
“Of course he has to learn to play in England, that’s a different level of football. We’ll give him time to develop and to express himself.
“Apart from that, I’m not really thinking too much on what we’re going to do with players [in the January transfer window].”
Diallo has already shown what he can do this season, with training ground footage and his Champions League debut sending fans wild.
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