Man Utd reach decision about January transfer for £9m winger

Date published: Wednesday 20th January 2021 3:49

Facundo Pellistri

Manchester United are willing to send Facundo Pellistri out on loan in the January transfer window, according to reports.

Pellistri has been at United since October after arriving from Penarol in his native Uruguay. However, although he has trained with the first team, he is yet to make his senior debut for the club.

That has come as a surprise for Penarol, who were told that Pellistri would have a role to play at Old Trafford after asking for him back on loan.

Indeed, it now seems United’s stance has changed. According to Manchester Evening News, they will sanction a loan departure for the winger.

Where that could be to is unclear. However, the club know it is essential for their recent recruit to continue his development.

Pellistri is only on the fringes of the first team at present. He has made it onto the bench in two Champions League matches but is yet to feature on the pitch.

Instead, he has been getting playing time with their under-23s instead. Pellistri has scored two goals from six games at that level so far.

The 19-year-old also scored in one of his two appearances for the United under-21 team that competed in the EFL Trophy.

Back in his home country, though, he had already played in 32 games in the Uruguayan top flight. Hence, he could be looking for more regular gametime at senior level elsewhere.


Naturally, United would not be giving up entirely on the man they only signed a few months ago. Instead, they simply want to aid his progress by finding him a temporary solution.

United tied Pellistri down to a five-year contract when they signed him and have the option to extend that by a further 12 months, so clearly see him as a long-term prospect.

For now, though, it seems best for him to leave. He will have to wait until he has tested negative for coronavirus before he can travel for a transfer, as he is currently in self-isolation.

Once that passes, he will be allowed to explore his options for the rest of the season.

Amad Diallo will stay

Amad Diallo

On the other hand, United will not allow fellow young winger Amad Diallo to leave on loan.

After agreeing a deal to sign him from Atalanta, United received an offer from the Serie A side to take him back for the rest of the season.

However, that will not be happening. According to the MEN, Diallo will keep training with the first team.

Earlier this week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted that a debut could be in store for the Ivorian in the short-term future.

Asked if it is likely to be four or five weeks until Diallo is involved, Solskjaer said: “It might be quicker than that. Who knows?

“He’s definitely settled down well, the players have taken to him and he’s a good character. Very polite, smiley boy, who works really hard.

“He’s doing his sessions, getting used to us. Of course, there’s always a period of adjustment needed but he’s settling in well.”

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