After struggling to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United are reportedly focusing on Penarol’s Facundo Pellistri.
According to reports in Uruguay, Pellistri has agreed on a five-year deal with United and could be out there for a fee within the area of £10million.
We’ve introduced you the lowdown on the proficient teenager who may very well be heading to Old Trafford before deadline day.
His career to this point
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Pellistri started taking part in under the ‘baby futbol’ scheme on the age of 4, following within the footsteps of Edinson Cavani, Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez.
He began his career at La Picada and River Plate Montevideo before becoming a member of the youth system of boyhood club Penarol in 2018.
After impressing supervisor Diego Forlan in coaching, he made his first-team debut on the age of 17 towards Defensor Sporting in August 2019.
The 18-year-old made 20 appearances in all competitions in his breakthrough marketing campaign, scoring his first goal in a 3–1 win towards Cerro in November 2019.
Pellistri was handed the coveted No.10 shirt ahead of the 2020-21 season and has a goal and an assist in 5 Copa Libertadores appearances.
He is also regarded as one of Uruguay’s most promising players and has been tipped to make his nationwide crew debut within the close to future.
United might face sturdy competitors for his signature, nonetheless, with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Lyon and Boca Juniors all displaying an interest within the teenager.
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Where does he play?
Primarily a right-winger, but succesful of taking part in on both flank, Pellistri loves to showcase his wonderful dribbling means by taking on opposition defenders.
The forward possesses wonderful close management and a devastating flip of tempo, inevitably drawing comparisons to compatriot Paulo Dybala.
Despite his slight physique, he is succesful of holding off a challenge from a defender and also has an spectacular defensive work-rate.
While United have been attempting to strengthen the right-hand side of their attack this summer time, he would almost certainly be considered as one for the longer term quite than ready-made for the first crew.
🇺🇾 There weren’t many goals elsewhere but Peñarol made up for it throughout their 3-0 win over Colo-Colo.
Facundo Pellistri fired on this rocket. 🚀
— FotMob (@FotMob) September 30, 2020
What they said
– “Pellistri has huge potential. There is still a lot to work on. He is growing and he makes the difference. We know it will be difficult to keep him for a long time. He has great pace and that is hard to handle,” Diego Forlan told Joga Bonito in April 2020.
– “He is young, talented, he hasn’t played that much but you can see he is a real rascal with the ball at his feet,” Juan Roman Riquelme told El Observador in December 2019.
“And that is important. There is not many like him around, who have the courage to be so cheeky on the pitch. That is highly valuable.”
In his own phrases
– “I really admire Messi, he does everything well on the field and is a reference when it comes to improving,” Pellistri told ESPN in August 2020.
– “Who does not I would like to play in Boca. It is a great club but if something from Europe appeared, I would take the leap,” Pellistri told Niembro Radio in August 2020.
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