As Patrick Vieira continues to rebuild his Crystal Palace team, a series of young talents have been linked with the club. Chief among the names being mentioned at the moment is the high-cost youth winger from Manchester United, Amad Diallo. The Ivorian made his debut for United last year, scoring moments into his professional debut for the club.
With the arrival of high-profile signings like Jadon Sancho, though, United are keen for Diallo to get regular playing time in the Premier League.
With a need for extra pace in the wide areas, and extra creativity in the final third, Palace are believed to be keen to make the deal stick. United are believed to be keen to secure a loan deal for Diallo as early as this week, so that he can get settled into his new side prior to the September international break.
At the moment, then, there is an expectation that United will sanction a deal quickly. Diallo is well-known to many international scouts, with his potential noticed as former club Atalanta some time ago. His availability on the market is sure to have teams scrambling to try and make space for the player, and Palace are believed to be near, or at the top, of the queue.
Can Crystal Palace beat others to Amad Diallo?
It is likely expected that a move will be agreed as soon as this weekend, with United keen to see Diallo take to the field in the Premier League ASAP. The deal will also ensure that Palace can end their pursuit for another young attacker to throw into the first-team. Palace and United have a long history of doing business together, and it is expected that the clubs youth-friendly approach will make them the ideal pick for Diallo.
For the player, it offers a chance to play most weeks for a Premier League club, as well as experience life in London. Playing under a progressive coach in Vieira, too, is sure to be a pull for many youngsters. Though Diallo has precious little first-team experience, he has shown enough in a short period of time at Old Trafford that he could come in and contribute quickly for the Eagles.
The arrival of a new wide player is something that fans have been calling for, with the exit of Andros Townsend leaving the club short in the wings. This addition will likely provide Palace fans with another exciting attacking option; a high calibre forward with the potential to do damage from both wings. A capable scorer and creator, he would finally provide an extra spark to a Palace team that looked short on inspiration at the weekend.