Man United expert gives us lowdown as Rangers officially pip top Euro clubs to new signing
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Amad Diallo: the lowdown on Rangers signing and £19m Man Utd wonderkid

As Rangers confirm a deal for Man United talent Amad Diallo, what are the Ibrox club getting in the 19-year-old right winger?

The Red Devils splashed out a substantial fee on Diallo as an 18-year-old despite the fact the youngster hadn’t played much first-team football at Serie A Atalanta.

As Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson explains, the Gers had been tracking the kid all January and have beaten some top Premier League and European sides to his signature [Rangers].

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Spending an initial £19m on the signing of Amad Diallo last January, the deal could eventually rise to £37.2m with the Ivorian’s four-and-a-half year contract having the option of another year [BBC Sport].

This gives you an inclination into how highly-rated the youngster is in the game, especially considering Diallo had played only five first-team games for Atalanta before the move.

Coming through the youth ranks at the Bergamo club, Diallo netted 13 goals and laid on 15 in 43 games for the Atalanta youth side [Transfermarkt].

Sky Sports News could not speak highly enough of the “wonderkid” upon his arrival in Manchester and even claimed he could eventually be better than £73m England star Jadon Sancho [Sky Sports].

Describing him as a “future superstar” and asking Man United bosses to “take a bow” for securing his services, if you need on the Amid Diallo hype-train then watch this video.

What kind of player are Rangers getting in Amad Diallo?

A modern day inside forward who plays off the right and cuts in on his left, the Ivory Coast talent was described as “one of the most exciting young prospects in the game” by ex-United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

As profiled in this excellent deep dive by Kees van Hemmen and Scouted Football, Diallo’s key attribute is his dribbling ability.

Diallo loves to take on his man, using his elite acceleration and deceptive strength to go by his opposite number, with a technical ability on the ball that has him mentioned amongst the brightest talents in Europe.

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The wide-man loves to receive the ball into feet and has a wicked turn and remarkable body control.

Oh, and Diallo is mightily composed for someone of his age with many of his dribbles coming inside the opposition penalty area with the attacker not afraid to shoot.

A creative passer who enjoys linking up with the full-back, there’s something exciting about this young man working on that right-hand side with prolific captain James Tavernier behind him.

Equally adept at coming inside or bombing down the flank, Amad Diallo is very much a modern inside forward and can provide that natural balance with Ryan Kent coming off the left on the other side.

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It’s a position Rangers have been crying out for reinforcements in and the signing of Amad Diallo could be the long-awaited, consistent third prong to the Ibrox attack.

Kent, Morelos, Diallo has a nice balance to it.

So why hasn’t it happened at Manchester United?

That’s an interesting question but given the young age of Amad Diallo it should be no surprise that with the dearth of competition at Old Trafford he’s not a first-team regular at Manchester United.

Still highly-rated by the club and fans, Amad Diallo was initially signed as a potential Jadon Sancho alternative before United signed the English international anyway.

Playing nine games in total for the Old Trafford club, Diallo even scored for United last season in a 1-1 Europa League draw with AC Milan.

The youngster also got an assist on his Premier League debut, setting up Mason Greenwood in a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City in May last year.

We spoke to United in Focus editor Dan Coombs about what Rangers can expect from the youngster and he explained that the Rangers move comes at a good time for all parties.

“This is potentially a great move for Amad. There was worry this would end up being a lost season for him,” said Coombs.

“He missed pre-season due to Olympics and then got injured which scuppered a loan move to Feyenoord.

“We signed him as a ‘player for the future’ and alternative to Jadon Sancho, and then signed Sancho anyway, so his chances have been limited.

“Despite this, there’s a chance he develops into a better player.

“After basically missing all the first half of the season, a one month injury and then just being overlooked, we just wanted him to be in a situation where he could play, hopefully Rangers can offer that to him.”

Going on to talk up Amad Diallo and his relationship with the Manchester United fans, Coombs insists that there are high hopes for the Ivorian at Old Trafford.

Expect United fans to follow the 19-year-old’s progress closely with one eye already on that mouth-watering Europa League clash with Dortmund, even if there’s a feeling the youngster needs to “bulk up”.

“Even in his limited chances, he has impressed. He’s not a flashy player who relies on tricks and step overs, although he has them in his locker,” said Coombs.

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“Instead his movement, reading of the game and his passing are among his assets, and he scores goals.

“He should be a real asset against Dortmund. He’s already scored against AC Milan and he has played in the Champions League for Atalanta.

“The big concern fans have is whether he is too lightweight. It hasn’t actually been an issue in his performances, it’s more a perception issue that he looks like he needs to bulk up. Regular football in Scotland should answer that question.

“Expect lots of attention from United fans. He is hugely popular and there are very high hopes for him.”

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Rangers fans can get excited about this signing – even if it’s only for an initial six months – with the Gers holding off a host of reported competition for his signature.

Potential moves to the English Championship with Birmingham City and Derby County failed to materialise, whilst Feyenoord, Borussia Dortmund and Sassuolo have all been linked.

Something that symbolises just how many clubs are watching this potentially world-beating talent, let’s hope the move to Rangers works out for all parties.

Meanwhile, another reported Rangers winger target is said to be closing in on a deal with a team of Champions League regulars the Gers can hope to replicate.

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