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Man Utd react to winger chaos by prioritising new deal for goalless Sancho alternative

Facundo Pellistri battling for the ball with Hugo Bueno

Man Utd winger Facundo Pellistri and Wolves defender Hugo Bueno

Manchester United are keen to tie Facundo Pellistri down to a new contract for the long term, Fabrizio Romano has revealed.

Pellistri was signed by Man Utd in October 2020 after a summer in which they failed to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. A couple of loan spells with Alaves followed and he has since earned 12 appearances under Erik ten Hag.

Yet to score for Man Utd – having also failed to find the net across 35 appearances for Alaves – Pellistri could suddenly become more important to Man Utd after Antony was granted leave of absence and Sancho (who eventually joined the club after all in 2021) was jettisoned by Ten Hag.

Sancho is now expected to leave Man Utd in January, but Pellistri seems to have a long-term future at the club. According to Romano, it is now considered a priority at Old Trafford to secure the Uruguay international’s signature on a longer contract.

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Talks are said to have been held in April and over the summer, which could lead to Pellistri putting pen to paper. His current deal is due to expire in 2025, which makes it important for Man Utd to extend his commitment before next year or else his value would start to reduce.

Man Utd focus on long-term extension for Pellistri

They could do so via activating a 12-month extension option in his contract, but it would be even better for them to agree new terms with him that would last even longer.

It is not yet clear how long a potential new deal for Pellistri would last. Still only 21 years old, he has a long career ahead of him, in which he will hope to become more effective.

Pellistri was the subject of interest from Sheffield United and FC Twente over the summer for a loan deal, it has previously been confirmed by The Athletic. However, Ten Hag ultimately decided to keep him at his disposal – which may soon prove to be a useful decision.

The Man Utd manager sent Pellistri on as a substitute for the first two games of the new Premier League season, before leaving him on the bench for the next couple.