Rio Ferdinand has explained why he thinks the Man Utd deal for Amad Diallo is “similar” to the one they secured for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.
Diallo has now completed a medical, work permit and personal terms, signing a deal until 2025 at United with the option of a further year.
The initial fee for the winger is understood to be 21million euros (£18.7m) and add-ons could see it reach 41million euros (£36.5m), with Diallo now just awaiting visa clearance before travelling to Manchester.
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Ronaldo was a similar unknown quantity when he moved to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in a deal worth £12.24m and Man Utd legend Ferdinand can see similarities between the two transfers.
“We’ve just bought a kid in from Atalanta and hopefully he does something,” Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel.
“If you see his clips and speak to people at the club who are involved in buying him, potentially this kid could be a world-beater.
“That is the thought of Manchester United people that this kid is one they have unearthed.”
Ferdinand added: “I don’t want to put the pressure of Ronaldo on him, but no-one knew about Ronaldo when we bought him other than the people in Portugal.
“This kid seems similar in that sense and if you see his clips and the way people talk about him, the world is his oyster if he applies himself right.”