Crystal Palace have enquired over the availability of Manchester United winger Amad Diallo as new manager Patrick Vieira looks to add further reinforcements to his first-team squad.
According to well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Eagles are one of several sides interested in taking the highly-rated 19-year-old on loan this summer.
He tweeted: “Amad Diallo is expected to leave Manchester United on loan this summer. FC Basel and Crystal Palace have been asking for Amad on loan until 2022. #MUFC @MatteMoretto
“Also Bundesliga & other Premier League clubs in the race. No decision has been made yet.”
The teenager joined United in a whopping £37.2m move last January after making just five appearances for boyhood club Atalanta.
Diallo only made his debut for Gian Piero Gasperini’s charge in October 2019, becoming the youngest player – at 17 years and 109 days old – to score on his Serie A debut in a 7-1 thrashing of Udinese.
Despite his limited action on the pitch, the Ivory Coast international caught the eye of his former teammates in training, with ex-Atalanta captain Papu Gomez likening him to six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
“There are defenders in the first team that sometimes cannot stop him. To stop him in training, we have to kick him! He plays like Messi,” said Gomez (as relayed by Sky Sports).
A move to Old Trafford followed soon after, and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made no attempt to hide his delight at securing the youngster’s services.
“As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years, and having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game,” revealed the Norwegian tactician.
However, the arrival of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund has forced Diallo further down the pecking order of the 20-time English champions, and a temporary move away could be the best option for his future development.
The Eagles are currently in the midst of an extensive overhaul of their first-team squad, and Vieira has previously targeted talented young stars, meaning the ex-Nice boss would surely love to see Diallo arrive at Selhurst Park.
After Andros Townsend’s departure, the capital club are light on numbers on the right-hand side, and Diallo could be the ideal signing to replace the pacey winger.