New Manchester United signing Amad Diallo has been named among the top young players in Europe.
United are in the process of finalising a work permit for 18-year-old Diallo, who was born in the Ivory Coast before moving to Italy at a young age.
In the meantime, Diallo’s talent and potential has been recognised by European football’s governing body UEFA.
He features on a list of 50 players to watch this year, published on UEFA’s official website.
“Set to join Manchester United in January, Diallo already has UEFA Champions League football under his belt with La Dea after impressing in the UEFA Youth League and scoring his first ever Serie A goal in 2019/20,” reads his entry in 50 for the future: UEFA.com’s ones to watch for 2021.
When Diallo’s move to Old Trafford is completed, that will make him one of only three English-based players to make the list.
The others are Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones and Leicester City’s French defender Wesley Fofana.
Aside from Jones, two other English players feature – Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and former Chelsea midfielder Jamal Musiala.
Germany-born Musiala now plays for Bayern Munich but is an England Under-21 international.
Asked about Diallo’s impending arrival at United on New Year’s Day, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Amad, we’ve had the paperwork. We’re waiting for other paperworks. I can’t see any obstacles, really, so hopefully he’ll be with us in not too long.
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Manchester United stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 10 games as they recorded a deserved 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on New Year’s Day.
Goals from Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes got the job done as United kept the pressure up on defending champions and league leaders Liverpool.
United’s next game is against City in the Carabao Cup semi-final in midweek.
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“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.”