Manchester United are set to loan Emad to the Birmingham side after the Ivorian was told he was not part of Ralph Rangnick’s plans this season, reports said. The Red Devils sealed a lucrative £37m deal for the highly-rated Atalanta teenager on deadline day in October 2020, but Emad’s first-team chances at Old Trafford remained limited.
The 19-year-old scored a goal for Manchester United last season in the Europa League against Milan, and also played against teams such as Real Sociedad and Wolves in the final weeks of the season.
But a nagging groin problem has stalled Ahmed’s development this season despite playing 68 minutes against Young Boys in December.
The competition for places is fierce despite the attack at United and Emad is still far from the rankings.
Interim chief Rangnick reportedly told the teenager he was free to leave on loan for the second half of the campaign.
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United have loaned a number of young academy players this season to the tournament to get some regular playing time.
Deshaun Bernard, James Garner, Ethan Laird and Tedden Minge have all liked them away from the club this season and there is hope Emad will follow their lead.
Emad was due to join Feyenoord of the Netherlands on loan last summer, before injury eliminated his chances of moving.
Instead, the Rotterdam-based team decided to sign Reiss Nelson on loan from Arsenal.
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Manchester United could also be ready to offload Anthony Martial in January.
Striker has told Rangnick he wants to leave after his agent revealed the Frenchman is keen to embark on a new challenge.
Sevilla made an offer to loan Martial until the end of the season but United were not entirely convinced by the move.
It is now believed that negotiations between the two clubs have turned cold.