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Manchester United ‘reach agreement’ for Penarol forward Facundo Pellistri

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Facundo Pellistri looks set to make a switch to Old Trafford (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United have reportedly reached an agreement with Uruguayan striker Facundo Pellistri that will see the teenager join the Red Devils on a five-year deal.

The 18-year-old has been watched by United for some time at Uruguayan side Penarol, where he was under tutelage of former Red Devils striker Diego Forlan, before he was sacked last month.

Lyon, Real Madrid and Man City have also been interested in Pellistri, but reports emerging from Uruguay state that United have won the race for his signature.

Sebas Giovanelli of Sport890 reports that a five-year deal has been agreed and negotatiations are now concluding between the two clubs.

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Penarol want to keep hold of the teenager until January while United want to bring him to England now, which may prove a sticking point, but seems likely to be resolved.

The Red Devils may even agree to sign him permanently, but loan the forward back to Penarol for at least six months if it gets the deal done.

United’s interest was reported in July, with Pellistri’s release clause in his Penarol contract just £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.

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 winger Jadon Sancho has not died down, but a deal looks increasingly unlikely.

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