The mighty Red Devils have set sights of completing a move for Amad Traore before next week’s deadline day.
According to the Manchester Evening News (MEN), discussions have begun, though there are a few challenges that need to be ironed out for the deal to happen.
“The MEN understands talks are progressing and there is cautious optimism of United finalising a move for the 18-year-old, but the proposed deal has been described as 'not straightforward' by sources.
“Traore, born in the Ivory Coast, has not attained an international cap but may not need a work permit if he has an Italian passport, having moved to Italy at a young age.
“United have partly moved for Traore this summer before new criteria is drafted up for Premier League clubs to sign 18 to 21-year-old foreign talent post-Brexit.
“Under the UK’s European Union membership, clubs could sign a scholar or professional with an EU passport over the age of 16. The UK left the EU via the withdrawal agreement on January 31 but still follows EU rules as part of the transition period, which ends on January 31,” concluded the outlet.
The speedy winger scored eight goals and made 11 assists in 27 appearances Atalanta in 2019/20.