Man United in advanced talks with 18-year-old Uruguayan attacker

Man United have reportedly reached an agreement with Penarol playmaker Facundo Pellistri that will see the player join the Red Devils on a five-year contract. Facundo has been watched by Red Devils for some time at Penarol, where he was under the tutelage of former Man United centre-forward Diego Forlan before he was sacked last month.

Lyon, Real Madrid and Man City have also been interested in Facundo, but reports emerging from Uruguay state that the Red Devils have won the battle for his signature. The five-year contract has been agreed and talks are now concluding between the two teams.

Penarol want to keep hold of Pellistri until January while the Red Devils want to bring him to England now, which may prove a sticking point, but seems likely to be resolved. Man United may even agree to sign him permanently, but loan the playmaker back to the Uruguayan club for at least six months if it gets the deal done.

The Red Devils interest was reported in July, with Facundo’s release clause in his Penarol deal only £10m which could represent a bargain buy. Although he has just one league goal to his name in Uruguay, he possesses extreme pace and can play with both feet, which is why he has attracted so much attention.

Man United are still looking to add a left-back and centre-back to their squad before the transfer window closes on Monday, while interest in Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho has not died down, but the agreement seems increasingly unlikely.