Manchester United wonderkid Amad Diallo looks set to miss out on a loan move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley or Crystal Palace, as reported by The Athletic.
Less than a year after moving to Old Trafford as a £37 million 18-year-old – a deal which made him the second-most expensive teenager in the club’s proud history – Diallo already appears to be at something of a crossroads in his young career.
Does he stay at United and spend most of next season watching on from the bench, waiting for opportunities in cup competitions? Or does he go out on loan and make a name for himself elsewhere in the Premier League?
According to The Athletic, many at United believe that Diallo would benefit from a short-term spell elsewhere, particularly after the arrival of Jadon Sancho and the sudden emergence of Anthony Elanga.
Mason Greenwood, Daniel James and Marcus Rashford – once he returns from surgery – are also ahead of the former Atalanta starlet in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order.
The problem is, there’s not exactly an unlimited supply of potential destinations for a £37 million winger who was compared to a young Lionel Messi by former Atalanta team-mate Papu Gomez last year.
“Traore, he looks like Messi,” said the legendary La Dea captain. “There are defenders in the first team that sometimes cannot stop him.”
Will Amad Diallo be forced to stay at Man United?
Burnley held talks but it seems unlikely that Diallo will join a club who’s pragmatic approach does not exactly lend itself to free-flowing free spirits.
Crystal Palace are looking elsewhere – the more experienced Ademola Lookman has been linked – while Norwich City opted for another Old Trafford starlet in Brandon Williams.
The report adds that Wolves, too, are unlikely to make a move for a player they scouted even before United won the race for his signature.
The Black Country giants have not signed anyone on loan from a top-flight rival since their promotion in 2018 and it is understood they have reservations about developing another team’s player before sending him back to their parent club.
Diallo, then, finds himself in a rather strange position. Signed for £37 million 11 months ago and locked in limbo now.