Amad Diallo is reportedly deciding between two Manchester United shirt numbers ahead of his imminent switch to Old Trafford.
The Ivorian winger is due to arrive on English soil in the New Year when his transfer from Atalanta, which could rise to £37million, will finally be completed.
The teenager has been tracked by United scouts since way back in 2016, when he was spotted at Under-15 level.
He made an immediate impact in Atalanta’s first team, netting on his Serie A debut, as he made three appearances last season.
That goal made him the first player born in 2002 to score in the Italian top-flight.
But Diallo is not set for a new phase in his career as he heads to Old Trafford.
The deal was finalised on deadline day in October, when it was confirmed he would sign at a later date. That was subject to his medical, personal terms and a work permit.
According to Norwegian journalist Fredrik A. Filtvedt, as cited by the Express, the 18-year-old is currently working on his English. He is also trying to decide between two potential squad numbers.
Diallo will reportedly wear the 19 or 79 for United. It’s also expected that he’ll spend time with the Under-23s before joining the first team permanently.
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Fellow new boy Facundo Pellistri has followed a similar path since his arrival from Penarol in October.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already made it clear that both will play a big part in United’s future.
“We felt Facundo would benefit [from time in the Under-23s],” Solskjaer said.
“He started training with the first-team – he did well but we couldn’t give him game-time so we thought we’d give him a run of games in the [Under] 23s and he’s benefited from that.
“His confidence has been given a boost. He’s shown in all the games that he can impact the game.
“With Amad, hopefully we can get him in and we’ll see how the squad looks and how he looks and how he settles as soon as possible.
“They’re both talented players that we believe will have a long career here. It’s important we find the right time.”
Atalanta captain Papu Gomez compared Diallo to Lionel Messi earlier this year.
He said: “He’s a future star, trust me. During our training sessions he plays like Messi.
“You can’t stop him, he’s unbelievable, our centre-backs have serious problems when he is on the pitch. He’s fantastic.”