Man Utd signing Amad Traore compared to Lionel Messi as £25m move goes through

Manchester United have agreed a deal in principle to sign Atalanta winger Amad Traore.

The 18-year-old will join the Red Devils in January due to being unable to secure a work permit at present.

Traore has only featured three times for Atalanta's first-team and was due to join Parma on loan this summer until a deal collapsed over the weekend.

The youngster's arrival at United, rumoured to be at a cost of £25m, hasn't been well-received by fans due to the fact Jadon Sancho will not be arriving in the same position.

But United may have a player on their hands, with Traore being likened to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Earlier this year, Atalanta captain Papu Gomez said of Traore: "He plays like Messi.

"There are defenders in the first team that sometimes cannot stop him.

"To stop him in training, we have to kick him!"

Traore isn't the only youngster to be purchased by United in recent hours.

Facundo Pellistri, 18, has also undergone a medical ahead of his imminent move to Old Trafford.

The young attacker, brought in from Uruguayan side Penarol, is expected to be confirmed shortly.

But Pellistri is not expected in the UK until later this week, where he will have to self-isolate due to Covid-19 regulations.

That hasn't stopped United pressing ahead with his transfer this evening, with the player undergoing a medical in recent hours.

Pellistri's agent took to Instagram to share a photo of the United transfer target on a bed, going through the necessary tests and checks.

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With 37 senior appearances to his name with top-flight side Penarol, the young forward has impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enough to offer a five-year with a loan option.

United have also brought in Alex Telles in a deal worth £17m.

To add, youngster Willy Kambwala has been signed from Ligue 2 side Sochaux.

33-year-old veteran striker Edinson Cavani is expected to be confirmed in the coming hours.

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