Birmingham City and Amad Diallo: meltdown on the ‘fantastic dribbler’ involving the Blues

Birmingham City are interested in bringing Manchester United youngster Amad Diallo to St Andrews.

on saturday evening, The Mirror reveals the desire for the blues To add a third combined player before moving the master Fabrizio Romano said Sunday morning The deal was broken.

However, The Telegraph reported on Monday That the Blues have not given up hope and BirminghamLive understands that they do not consider the deal dead.

So what can Blues fans expect from the player who just a year ago made a €25 million transfer from Atalanta to Old Trafford.

Here’s what you need to know about him.

Who is he?

A young winger who arrived in Italy from Ivory Coast at the age of eight and made his debut in Boca Barco’s youth team, he was spotted by Atalanta, whom he joined in January 2015 – just 12 years old.

He came through the Atalanta youth set-up before playing four Serie A games and could be sold to Manchester United in January 2021 for a deal worth up to €40m.

Two-legged and fast he plays primarily as a right-winger and cites Paul Pogba as his boyhood hero.

finishing touches

Amad was found playing in a youth tournament, his first competitive opportunity, and ended the event with the awards for best player and top scorer.

Denis Cerlini, head of youth at the small Emilian club Boca Barco, with whom Amad used to play, said transfermark In 2017: “It was impossible not to pay attention to Amad’s abilities.

“For his age, though not very tall, he had a fairly defined physical stature, but what impressed him most was the technical aspect: two-legged, refined touch, developed psychoanalysis. He hit the ball on the ground. kept and everyone jumped in like skittles.”

Atalanta showed interest in him, along with the likes of Juventus and Bologna.

Within a year he had helped Atalanta’s academy win the national title as he scored against Roma in the final.

In 2019 he helped the Academy win Campeonato Primavera 1 for the second consecutive season and in October that year – aged just 17 – he took only six minutes to mark his Serie A debut with a goal.

He made his Champions League debut in December 2020 – by which time United had made his move.

Amad Diallo of Manchester United

raw material

United have been tracking his progress since he was 15 and announced a deal to bring the 18-year-old to England on the day of the deadline in October 2020. He officially joined in January 2021, signing a five-year deal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer welcomed the move: “He will take time to adapt but his speed, vision and superb dribbling ability will put him in good position to make the transition.

“He is a player with all the raw features that are needed to be a key player for Manchester United in the years to come.”

That promise was confirmed when he scored twice in a 6-3 win over Liverpool on his debut for U23.

He made Real Sociedad his senior bow in the Europa League five weeks after joining. A month later he scored his first goal in the same competition against AC Milan.

He made his Premier League debut against Leicester City in May 2021.

this season

He was expected to be out on loan in the summer – with Feyenoord rumours to be interested – but a thigh injury kept him at Old Trafford.

He has scored two runs in U23’s Premier League 2 campaign and saw his first senior football debut with the Young Boys in a Champions League draw last month, when he played alongside Teden Mengi.

A loan move is almost certain to happen this transfer window, with claims that Ralph Rangnick has told the 19-year-old that he is not in his plans this season.

Feyenoord is no longer considered to race but Blues, Derby and Barnsley are interested.

where would he fit in?

The Blues don’t currently play with wingers – but they could. If he joins, Amad could play against the likes of Jeremy Bella, or the injured duo Jordan Graham and Evan Sanchez.

Tahit Chong is expected to recover from the injury in the next six to eight weeks, while the Blues have signed Taylor Richards on loan from Brighton.

Richards played on the wing several times for Doncaster last season, while Chong worked around the attacking line.