Manchester United winger Amad Diallo has joined Rangers on a six-month loan.
The 19-year-old Ivory Coast winger has made only nine appearances since his switch from Atalanta in a £19m move.
The transfer is a straight loan deal with no option for Rangers to buy Amad Diallo at the end of the season.
Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson described it as “a really exciting signing” – adding that there was stiff competition for the signing of Diallo.
“Amad and United had an array of options this window across the Premier League and in Europe. We have been working hard with Manchester United and Amad’s agents throughout January to reach an agreement,” Wilson added. “We have stayed patient in our discussions as we know what Amad can bring to our group.”
Amad Diallo was the first player to be signed and registered under post-Brexit rules, and was due to join Feyenoord – a club Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is very familiar with – at the start of the season, but the move fell through because of injury.
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Giovanni van Bronckhorst told the Rangers official club website:
“He is a player who I have been aware of for some time and, when the opportunity to sign him came up, we were very keen to make it happen.
“He will add a lot to our squad and provide even more competition for the players in the forward areas.”
Amad Diallo, who had only played four times for Atalanta before his move to the English Premier League, said:
“It is fantastic for me at this stage of my career to have the opportunity to come to such a big club that is challenging on a number of fronts and will give me some excellent opportunities to test myself in many environments.”
Rangers’ need for attacking options intensified after Ianis Hagi was ruled out for the rest of the season last week. Dutch midfielder Juninho Bacuna has also been sold by Rangers to Birmingham City for an undisclosed fee. The 24-year-old Curacao international joined the Ibrox club from Huddersfield Town in the summer of 2020.
Diallo is the second winger to leave Manchester United on loan this window with Anthony Martial joining Sevilla.