Sheffield United have potentially been handed a boost in their bid to bring Amad Diallo to Bramall Lane this summer.
That’s according to a report by Dutch media outlet AD, who claim that the Manchester United winger’s proposed season-long loan switch to Feyenoord has fallen through after the 19-year-old picked up an injury at the weekend.
Previous reports had claimed that Sheffield United were also in talks to sign the Ivory Coast international, with the Premier League side believed to be more than happy to sanction the temporary departure of the former Atalanta forward this summer.
His injury may prevent a move this summer but it would open up the possibility of the Blades signing him in the winter instead.
While it is unclear exactly how long Diallo will be ruled out for as a result of his injury, the fact that the winger’s move to Feyenoord now appears to be dead in the water is undoubtedly a huge boost for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side – as there would appear to be a way for the Blades to make a deal for the 19-year-old work either now or in the future.
With the Eredivisie side’s technical director Frank Arnesen stating his belief that it would be better for Diallo to spend his recovery from injury at Manchester United, this would seem to open the door for a Sheffield United move, as the Championship club could propose to nevertheless sign the winger on a loan deal in the current transfer window, but only bring the youngster to Bramall Lane upon his return to fitness.
And, considering just how short Jokanovic currently is in the wide attacking positions of his squad, in addition to the £16.2m-rated man’s undoubted ability, signing Diallo now and waiting for his arrival at the club would seem to be a better option than bringing no one in at all.
Indeed, while first-team opportunities have been scarce at United so far, the £25k-per-week 19-year-old nevertheless proved over his 46 appearances for the Atalanta Primavera side that he is an extremely exciting prospect. He scored 13 goals and registered 15 assists for the youth team, in addition to scoring four goals and providing one assist over his three appearances for the United U23 side.
With Jokanovic’s side having scored a league-low one goal over their opening five Championship fixtures of the campaign, the Blades are desperately lacking in both creativity and a clinical edge in front of goal so far this season.
Thus, the addition of the player Daniel James dubbed an “unbelievable” talent would undoubtedly be a signing both fans and the 53-year-old manager would love to get over the line prior to Tuesday’s transfer deadline, regardless of his injury.