Manchester United are finally set to complete the signing of forward Amad Diallo as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer kicks off 2021 on a positive note.
Diallo will arrive from Atalanta for a reported fee rising to around £37million in what will likely be a quiet January Transfer Window for United. The deal for the 18-year-old was originally announced on deadline day in October but United have had to wait on a work permit to finalise the transfer.
Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said in December that Manchester United were “focused on summer windows” but that does not mean the club will be completely inactive this January.
They welcomed Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo during the winter window 12 months ago and will likely be tempted into the market should any long-term targets become available at the right price.
Manchester United continue to monitor Jadon Sancho, however unlikely a January deal might be, while they are reportedly keeping tabs on Norwich full-back Max Aarons as Solskjaer looks to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the right side of defence.
They are still searching for a centre-back, with Brighton defender Ben White (5/2 to move to Old Trafford before the February deadline) and Conor Coady (16/1) among several names linked with a move.
Jack Grealish (7/1) is another name which won’t go away, but Solskjaer was reluctant to discuss the England international when probed about transfer links ahead of Friday’s win over Villa.
The United boss said: “The goal he scored last season was a brilliant goal and we’ve faced him enough times to know it’s going to be a difficult game.
“I don’t want to say too much about other teams’ players but of course he’s a player we know we have to look for.”
Manchester United to sign before February 2 odds (via Sky Bet):
- Max Aarons 6/4
- Ben White 5/2
- Jadon Sancho 5/1
- Jack Grealish 7/1
- Cristiano Ronaldo 9/1
- Christian Eriksen 12/1
- Declan Rice 12/1
- Dele Alli 14/1
- Sergio Ramos 14/1
- Mesut Ozil 16/1
- Conor Coady 16/1
- Tyrone Mings 25/1
- Kylian Mbappe 25/1
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