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MORE clubs enter race to sign Man Utd wonderkid
The 20-year-old managed to rebuild his reputation at Sunderland last term after a poor stint at Rangers saw his stocks fall dramatically. An exciting winger, Diallo initially joined Manchester United from Atalanta for an eyebrow-raising fee of €21 million in 2021.
The ill-suited Rangers loan saw his Estimated Transfer Value (ETV) drop dramatically to as low as a paltry €0.8m. However, in the Championship, he managed to recapture the form that had prompted United to shell out such a significant fee.
At Sunderland, Diallo caught the eye with an impressive 13 goals and three assists during the regular season, while also finding the back of the net once in the playoffs, though his performances weren't enough to get the Black Cats back into the Premier League.
His good form has meant that he is now one of Manchester United's most sought-after players and Erik ten Hag will have to make a big decision on the player's future in pre-season.
Southampton and Sheffield Utd enter the race
According to Football Insider, relegated Southampton and promoted Sheffield United have now also registered an interest in loaning the Ivorian. Sunderland, meanwhile, remain keen on bringing the youngster back for another season.
Previously, Everton, West Ham and Burnley have been credited with having made approaches for Diallo. Indeed, the latter, newly-promoted Burnley headed by Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany, are still firmly in the race, claims the above-mentioned report.
Manchester United are said to be aware of the increased demands of the Premier League compared to the Championship, insinuating that they do not think that Diallo is ready for the top flight just yet.
Therefore, Southampton, who have a good reputation when it comes to developing young talents, may seem an attractive option, especially since new boss Russell Martin is renowned for playing good football even if it didn't always seem like that at his previous job at Swansea.