What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Amad Traore to seal move as Man Utd buzzing with £37m deal

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Amad Diallo he will develop into an ‘important player’ for the club in a FaceTime call before he signed for the club.

On a frantic deadline day at Old Trafford, United announced they had reached an agreement with Atalanta to sign Diallo for around £37million.

In a statement on the United website, the club said they had been tracking the 18-year-old since 2016.

Last season, the teenager scored on his Serie A debut for Atalanta and made three appearances for them.

But that was enough for United to break the bank for Diallo and he will link up with the squad in the new year.

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It is no secret that United wanted to sign Jadon Sancho this summer.

Instead Diallo, Edinson Cavani, Facundo Pellistri, Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek have arrived.

Renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has opened up on the Diallo deal and revealed the player was on the verge of joining Parma on loan before United and Solskjaer stepped in.

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Romano told the Here We Go podcast: “The agent of Traore, I talked with him today, and he told me that when they spoke to United for the first time, the board told them that they are convinced that Traore is between the two or three best 18-year-old players in the world.

“They are convinced that he’s perfect to join United. They are in love with him.

“He needs time but they are convinced he’s one of the best 18-year-old players in the world. They’re convinced they’ve signed a star.

“They had a FaceTime between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Traore, they were in the car with the agent of Traore and they told me the player was like dreaming.

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“He said, ‘It’s a dream for me’ and Solskjaer said to the player many good things, ‘You are part of our future. We are convinced you’re ready to play for Manchester United. You will need time obviously so no rush, no pressure, but you are a United player. We’re not signing you just to send you on loan. We’re convinced you can be an important player for United.’

“He was going to Parma and then immediately after he’s going to United. Congrats to Traore.

“I’m convinced this is a great deal for Man United, I love this guy, he’s a good guy, not just a good player.”

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