Man Utd agree transfer fee for target who is ‘like Lionel Messi’

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a fee with Atalanta for winger Amad Traore who has previously been compared to six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear at the start of the summer that he wants to bring in a right winger.

All of the Red Devils’ effort so far this window have been spent trying to capture Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

With the clock ticking to tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline, United have been forced to look for alternatives.

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And they received a major boost as Atalanta have agreed to accept £27m for Traore, who has been on the bench for their first three Serie A games of the season, according to the Guardian.

There have been high expectations placed on the Ivorian’s shoulders ever since he broke into the first team.

And Traore’s team-mate Papu Gomez spoke earlier this year about his similarities to Messi, comments which will certainly excite United fans.

“Traore, he looks like Messi,” Gomez said of his team-mate in a Q&A on Instagram.

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

“Very strong players come out of Primavera every year.”

United are also expected to announce Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles this evening after they touched down in Manchester for their medicals yesterday.

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson is unsure if ex-Paris Saint-German hitman Cavani will be a good fit.

“It’s definitely a quick-fix with Cavani; he’s 33 years of age,” he said.

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“You’ve got Mason Greenwood there who is gonna be a proper player, in my opinion, is that gonna hold him back?

“Cavani was a great player, he was top drawer. He’s 33 years of age, how many players are playing in the Premier League now at 33 years of age?

“You’ve got to have pace. Man United try to play a certain way, counter-attacking with the pace of Martial, Greenwood, Rashford and even when James is in the team.

“All of a sudden, if Cavani is in the team, he’ll hold the ball up. For me, it’s a panic. He was a great player and I hope I’m wrong and he comes in and does the business.

“But it’s not a future signing, is it? It’s not like we’re moving forward at Man United and in three or four years, we’re gonna catch up with Liverpool or Man City.

“This is not gonna catch them two up now.”

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