• Atalanta youngster Amad Traore has been linked to a possible move to Manchester United, Arsenal and Juventus
  • Atalanta captain Papu Gomez noted that Traore was at times unstoppable like Lionel Messi
  • Manchester United are also keen on signing another player being compared to Messi

A youngster who has already earned comparisons to Lionel Messi is being targeted by Manchester United, Arsenal and Juventus.

With the coronavirus causing drastic financial crisis in the sport, the Gunners are one of the Premier League clubs who have been evidently coming up with clever strategies in the transfer market this year.

According to 90Min, Mikel Arteta reportedly wants to make a move for both Serie A rising stars from Atalanta – the Traore brothers Hatem and Amad . Reports claim that Arsenal have been interested in signing two of the most talented youngsters in Italian football and one of them has already displayed a few similarities with Messi in terms of dominance.

During an Instagram Q&A (via, Atalanta captain Papu Gomez noted that as a teenager, there were times when he has already witnessed Amad Traore’s style of playing quite resembled Messi’s. The club captain emphasized that Amad has the ability to be unstoppable like the Barcelona superstar.

“Traore, he looks like Messi. There are defenders in the first team that sometimes cannot stop him. Very strong players come out of Primavera every year,” captain Gomez said.

Though Amad’s worth has not been completely estimated at this point, the teen star is not expected to move on a cheap price. And despite not being able to really make his mark in the Atalanta starting XI, Amad is already a hot prospect in the transfer market.

Aside from Arsenal, reported that the 17-year-old are also drawing interest from the biggest clubs in Europe such as Manchester United and Juventus.

Lionel Messi almost scored a breathtaking goal but Barcelona were held to a frustrating draw by Slavia Prague
Lionel Messi AFP / LLUIS GENE

The Amad transfer talks proved that the Red Devils are really looking to add some promising teenagers into their team . Aside from Amad, United has also reportedly been courting Thiago Almada in recent weeks. Just like Amad, Almada is also being compared to Messi. In fact, reports claimed that the 19-year-old has already become a star in his hometown Argentina.

However, Manchester City’s boss Pep Guardiola has touted Almada to be a likely successor for the club’s veteran David Silva. Despite the interest, Almada is believed to favor a move to Man City over United in a deal that could see the Premier League champions giving away £15 million ($18.1 million). It has been said that Almada prefers a move to Manchester City rather than neighbors Manchester United because he vows to follow the footsteps of his idol Carlos Tevez, a player who once became a star in Man City.