Date published: Monday 5th October 2020 4:46
Atletico Penarol’s vice-president has confirmed that he “expects” Manchester United to sign winger Facundo Pellistri before Monday’s transfer deadline.
United are among the busiest of Premier League clubs ahead of the 11pm deadline for deals with clubs outside of the UK.
The Red Devils have agreed a deal to sign Amad Traore, with the rising Atalanta star likely to join in January.
However another winger who could arrive ahead of Traore is Uruguayan Pellistri. United have also agreed terms with Penarol for the 18-year-old with reports claiming the deal is progressing well.
More recently though, Penarol vice-president Rodolfo Cantino has provided an update on the negotiations between himself and United.
It’s still not closed, but we expect it to be done in the coming hours,” Cantino told Sport Witness.
“If they trigger the release clause, of course he’s going now.”
United and Penarol have resolved a previous disagreement over Pellistri’s future. The Uruguay-based club wanted the winger to stay in South America until January, something the Red Devils did not agree to.
However Cantino has confirmed that the deal is likely to go through before Monday’s transfer deadline.
Penarol to become second Uruguayan in at Man Utd
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 has all-but completed his move to Old Trafford on a free transfer, after leaving Paris Saint-Germain last season.
Everton keen on Man Utd fringe star
Meanwhile, Everton have are reportedly considering a move to sign United goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
The Argentine has slipped down the Old Trafford pecking order after Dean Henderson’s return.
And, with the Toffees eyeing a late move to find support for Jordan Pickford, Romero is one target on their shortlist.