Man Utd £37m transfer signing Amad Diallo dropped surname amid allegations of child trafficking in Italy

AMAD DIALLO will have his first name on the back of his No 19 shirt at Manchester United.

A £37million arrival, Diallo has his middle name as Traore is the surname on his passport.

The former Atalanta winger has dropped Traore because of an unsettling story alleging child trafficking.

Amad, 18, and his brother Hamed, 20, who plays for Serie A side Sassuolo, moved from the Ivory Coast to Italy on a family visa more than six years ago.

They arrived with their father Hamed Mamadou Traore and mother Marina Edwige Carine Teher.

But prosecutors in Parma allege that they are not the parents of either player. It is also claimed the two may not even be brothers.

Three other adults have also been questioned over concerns more kids have been illegally brought in from the Ivory Coast.

Football agent Giovanni Damiano Drago told Italian police last summer of concerns over underage players arriving in Italy illegally on bogus visas.

Neither of the two players are under investigation but they were questioned by police.

As both were under 18 at the time of the alleged offences, they cannot be charged.

DNA tests have been carried out as part of the probe, while properties have also been searched.

If found guilty, the five adults face up to three years in jail.



LIVERPOOL have been quoted a staggering £100million by Napoli for Kalidou Koulibaly.

Certainly a bit different to the summer of 2015 when the Italians had agreed a £6.9m transfer with Norwich.

Defender Koulibaly was also happy to move to Norfolk and the only reason he stayed was that Napoli failed to get either of their two targets.

In contrast, the Canaries are probably glad Sebastien Haller turned them down as soon as he looked around their training ground which, before the current redevelopment, was less than impressive.


CAMBRIDGE were famous in the early 90s for giving away teams cold changing rooms, flat footballs to practise with and luke-warm tea.

However, one EFL chief revealed his club has a subtle approach to getting one over the opposition.

They created a false pillar in the away dressing room to ensure not all of the players can see the boss for the team talk.

But the mischievous boss is keeping his club secret as the pillar could probably be shoved out of the way by suspicious visitors.


LAURIE SHAW used to be a Government adviser and now he is City Group’s chief data scientist.

He will work for all the group’s clubs including Manchester City, New York City and Melbourne City.

After completing a PhD in astrophysics from Cambridge, he developed trading systems for a £30billion hedge fund, was head of statistics at the Treasury and, most recently, was at Harvard in the US.

Liverpool are known for having the best data science department — seen as a big help on the coaching side — but City are clearly catching up.

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