The advent of the new year means that the winter transfer window is open, and teams can get in reinforcements if required.
Manchester United recently announced the signing of Amad Diallo from Atalanta BC. The 18 year-old Ivorian winger signed a contract until 2025 with an option to extend for another year (Yahoo).
The transfer has added value besides providing United with necessary squad depth, as it makes history as the first transfer to be registered under new post-Brexit rules.
Although the deal to sign him was agreed last summer, Diallo was forced to stay in Italy until he was granted a work permit, with respect to the new rules under Brexit.
Diallo becomes the first player to be signed and registered in the United Kingdom under the new post-Brexit rules. His Governing Body Exemption (GBE) from the FA could only be processed from the 1st of January.
A lot of players have been signed this January until date, but Diallo becomes the one to make the history books because United submitted the papers just before midnight, which were approved on the same day. The transfer was reportedly finalized for a fee of £37.2m, and means that Diallo will be on his way to Manchester soon.
Diallo is one of the top talents to have been playing in the Italian Serie A, as his new employers United would feel like they have purchased a talented player who could develop to be a long term forward reinforcement with his age on his side.
Diallo has made only one appearance in the league for Atalanta this season, in a 2-0 loss at home to Hellas Verona. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to field the promising prospect as soon as he can, for him to get some minutes under his belt in a new country and be ready to play whenever required.