Manchester United have reportedly overcome a major hurdle to seal the signing of Facundo Pellistri from Uruguay-based side Atletico Penarol.
Uruguayan football expert Sebastian Giovanelli reported on Saturday that Pellistri was a major target for the Red Devils.
The journalist claimed (via Twitter) that United had agreed a five-year deal with Penarol to sign the starlet.
However, there was a disagreement over when the transfer would take place. Penarol wanted Pellistri to stay until January, with United keen to add him to their ranks now.
But Old Trafford transfer chiefs have now convinced Penarol to do business before the window shuts on Monday, according to Giovanelli.
— Sebas Giovanelli (@SebasGiovanelli) October 3, 2020
Pellistri earned a promotion from Penarol’s Under-19s side in January 2019. Since then, he has made 37 outings and scored four goals, assisting two others.
In 2020, meanwhile, he has netted one goal and laid on two others for teammates.
Previous reports have claimed he is a target for Manchester City and Newcastle.
United now look set to add Pellistri to their squad alongside his fellow Uruguayan Edinson Cavani.
The veteran frontman is said to have agreed a two-year deal to move to Old Trafford on a free transfer.
The 33-year-old has been on the marlet after being released by PSG at the end of last season.
United hold talks with stopgap winger
Man Utd have ‘held talks’ with a £40m-rated winger previously linked with Liverpool who could become a temporary alternative to Jadon Sancho.
With Monday’s deadline for purchasing players from abroad looming, the prospects of seeing Sancho in the red of Man Utd this season appear bleak despite their continued efforts.
The club have shown their willingness to get creative in the transfer market to bolster their ranks in recent times, however, with the loan acquisition of Odion Ighalo in January a prime example.
Now, according to Sky Sports reporter James Cooper, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men could take a similar route in the coming weeks.