Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on the future of Manchester United’s Amad Diallo.
Manchester United forked out a lot of money to bring him to the club from Italian side Atalanta earlier this year, with reports suggesting the fee could reach up to £37m depending on certain add-ons. So far, though, he hasn’t been able to make that much of an impact on the team, playing just eight games and scoring one goal.
In order to get him some game time and continue his development, Manchester United have made the decision to send him out on loan this summer – a smart decision seeing as they are quite stacked when it comes to the winger position.
Romano provided an update on his future when he was speaking to The United Stand, where he outlined some of the numerous clubs that are apparently interested in him, whilst also discussing what Diallo wants out of the situation and how that might dictate where he moves to:
“He received more than five bids, I’m told – all loan bids, of course – and many clubs interested to have him on loan. Basel in Switzerland want him, Sheffield United, also Crystal Palace; many, many clubs from Premier League, from Bundesliga, from many countries.
“But as of now, Amad has not decided yet, he wants to take his time, in some days he will make the final decision together with his agent.
“From what I am told, he wants to play Premier League football, so let’s see if Sheffield will be able to change his mind. But he wants to play Premier League football, so Crystal Palace could be one of the options – and not only Crystal Palace, because also other clubs are enquiring about the situation.”
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments about Amad Diallo…
Should Diallo leave Man United on loan?
It certainly is going to be interesting to see where Diallo ends up, because Manchester United need to get the balance right when it comes to making sure that he gets enough playing time, while also making sure he isn’t out of his depth.
So picking between the Championship and the Premier League as a destination for him could prove tricky when they weigh up the quality of the opponents he could face each week.
But it seems strange that Diallo might play a part in the decision, as Romano is hinting. Surely this is a decision that Manchester United should be taking rather than the player, because whilst he might want to play in the Premier League for the prestige and the challenge, surely it’s the club themselves that will know what’s best for him at this stage of his development.
And being only 19, it’s not as if he should be in any rush. His time in the Premier League will come eventually, even if it isn’t this season. So it might be better for him to be a big fish in a small pond this year rather than just being lost in the shuffle for a team that some are predicting to struggle this season such as Crystal Palace.