Update: Manchester United have announced the signing of Facundo Pellistri on a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year.
Another Uruguayan arrives at Old Trafford...— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 5, 2020
✍️ Welcome to #MUFC, Facundo Pellistri!
Manchester United appear to have won the race for Uruguayan wonderkid Facundo Pellistri as his club Peñarol’s vice-chairman said: “It’s still not closed, but we expect it to be done in the coming hours.”
With 37 senior appearances to his name with top-flight side Penal, the 18-year-old forward has impressed Manchester United officials enough to offer a five-year deal.
Also in here, 18yo winger Facundo Pellistri, whose costing c£9m from Penarol, is expected to be parachuted straight into 1st team squad. Amad Traore is costing an initial £18.2m with a further £9.1m in add ons. Will stay at Atalanta for now and arrive in Manchester in Jan https://t.co/V6OdGGfEMo— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) October 5, 2020
It is understood a deal could be around £10m ($13m) and the winger comes under the recommendation of former United forward Diego Forlan, who managed Pellistri during his spell at Peñarol.
Pellistri completed his medical on Saturday ahead of signing a five-year deal. According to Uruguayan publication Tenfield, Pellistri will head to England today in order to sign on the dotted line.
Peñarol were hoping to keep him until January but United were eager to get the deal finalized before Monday’s 11pm deadline.