Crystal Palace could be set to add another promising youngster to Patrick Vieira’s ranks after being linked with a move for Manchester United winger Amad Diallo.
The Eagles have been credited with an interest in the highly-rated 19-year-old in recent weeks, and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has provided an exciting update on their pursuit of the United prodigy.
Speaking on The Here We Go Podcast, he said: “Amad will go on loan, it is confirmed. He has a proposal from Basel but also from Premier League clubs – Crystal Palace, Sheffield United. Many clubs are interested in Amad, but he’s not decided yet.
However, the capital club may be feeling confident of securing Diallo’s services ahead of the reported competition after Romano revealed the Ivory Coast international is keen to remain in the Premier League.
“He wants Premier League football so let’s see what happens,” he added.
Palace have been on an impressive recruitment drive throughout the current window, bringing in several quality signings such as Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi and Conor Gallagher.
However, with Andros Townsend departing on a free transfer, the south London outfit are rather threadbare on the right-hand side of attack.
The obvious gap in Vieira’s squad has led to several stars being linked with a move to Selhurst Park, and it appears as though the club’s hierarchy are now focussing their attention on Diallo.
He only made his debut for boyhood club Atalanta 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.
Since then, Diallo has had a meteoric rise, joining the Red Devils in a whopping £37.2m move last January after making just five appearances for Gian Piero Gasperini’s charges.
Despite his hefty price tag, the tricky winger has found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Old Trafford, and the arrival of Jadon Sancho has pushed him even further down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order.
Therefore, a temporary move away from Manchester appears to be the best solution for all parties, and Palace fans will surely be buzzing to learn of the club’s interest in such an exciting prospect.
His natural speed, technical ability and skill have the potential to leave opposition defenders for dead, lighting up Selhurst Park in the process, something the supporters will be eager to witness.