Sheffield United have been dealt a major blow in their bid to bring Amad Diallo to Bramall Lane this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by Fabrizio Romano, with the journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that, despite Manchester United being open to sanctioning the temporary departure of the winger in the summer transfer window, and Slavisa Jokanovic’s side having made an approach to United for the 19-year-old, Diallo himself only wants a move to a Premier League club.
In his tweet, Romano said: “Amad Diallo is still expected to leave Man United on loan. Crystal Palace asked for him – also Sheffield United but Diallo only wants Premier League clubs. Not only CPFC asking for Amad. Many clubs and final decision hasn’t been made yet.”
Considering just how poorly Sheffield United have started their 2021/22 Championship campaign, with the Blades currently occupying 23rd place in the second tier having lost three and drawn one of their opening four fixtures, the arrival of a player with the sheer amount of talent of Diallo would have undoubtedly been a major boost for Jokanovic and his side.
Indeed, despite the 53-year-old manager having a considerable amount of centre-forwards in his first-team squad, with a whopping seven strikers to choose from, the Serbian lacks a substantial amount of depth in the wide attacking areas of the pitch, with no natural wingers in his United team.
And, while the £16.2m-rated Diallo does not have a great deal of professional experience under his belt, having made a grand total of 13 first-team appearances for Atalanta and Manchester United, the winger’s form in each of the respective side’s youth teams would appear to indicate that he is an incredibly exciting prospect.
Indeed, over his 46 appearances for the Atalanta Primavera side, the £42k-per-week forward scored 13 goals and registered 15 assists, while also bagging four goals and providing one assist over his three fixtures for Manchester United’s U23 side.
As such, the man Dan James dubbed an “unbelievable” player would very much appear to have made a fantastic addition to Jokanovic’s side, however, if Romano is to be believed, a move to the Blades looks to be extremely unlikely this summer – something that will undoubtedly leave the Serbian manager gutted.