04 October 2020 00:43
Manchester United have negotiated a deal with Uruguay-based side Atletico Penarol to sign rising star winger Facundo Pellistri, according to a report. United have so far only made one major signing this transfer window, with Donny van de Beek arriving from Ajax. However they have invested heavily in their youth ranks; prized Barcelona youngster Marc Jurado has signed, as has Alejandro Garnacho from Atletico Madrid. According to Uruguayan football expert Sebastian Giovanelli, Pellistri could be next on the list. The journalist claims (via Twitter) that the Red Devils have agreed a five-year deal with Penarol to sign the starlet.
However there reportedly remains a disagreement over when the transfer will take place. Penarol want Pellistri to stay until January, with United keen to add him to their ranks now. As such, the forward – as it stands – will be staying in Uruguay unless United can convince Penarol to do business early. 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. As well as Jurado and Garnacho, United have also brought in Manchester City youngster Charlie McNeill. Garnacho and McNeill will initially join up with the club's Under-18s side, hoping to rise through the ranks in the coming seasons. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has continued to promote a number of exciting youngsters during his tenure. Indeed Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams are now established first-team regulars. Solskjaer struggling to land top signings While United now have no shortage of potential future stars in their ranks, they have struggled to add significant signings to their first team. Winger Jadon Sancho is a top target, but Borussia Dortmund's £108million asking price is a stumbling block. Meanwhile a deal to sign Porto left-back Alex Telles before Monday's transfer deadline also looks unlikely. Read more… Manchester United are activating the release clause for Peñarol winger Facundo Pellistri, but his advisors are holding up the deal. Pellistri has emerged as a late target for United in this window, with reports this week stating they had made a late bid and he'd even broken COVID regulations to force through a move, with Lyon also keen. The potential transfer has picked up pace over the last 48 hours and Sport 890 journalist Sebas Giovanelli now reports that Manchester United are activating his release clause. He makes no mention of the value of that release clause, but El Observador had it at $15m when the player signed a new contract back in February. Embed from Getty Images The deal, however, is being 'blocked' over a dispute between Peñarol and Pellistri's agents regarding a percentage of the deal. The issue is not made clear by Giovanelli, but Peñarol explained in May that, as part of the youngster's new contract, his agents had negotiated a 20% 'brokerage commission' on the player, but this was capped at $400,000, so really 4% of the clause. AHORA| @ManUtd le paga a @OficialCAP la cláusula de @FPellistri07 para cerrar el pase. Por ley #Peñarol queda exhonerado del 20% del jugador, sin embargo los asesores del futbolista piden el reconociemiento de parte de ese%. En este momento está trancado ahí el pase. #uruguayo pic.twitter.com/7Cqkvjsvzh — Sebas Giovanelli (@SebasGiovanelli) October 3, 2020 However, Giovanelli's tweet seems to state that there is a law exempting Peñarol from paying this, but his agents are asking for it to be honoured. It is this which has caused the move to Manchester United to be 'blocked' for now. The situation is a little confusing, though, and Giovanelli doesn't make things very clear either, so with any luck, there will be some clarification as this rapidly developing situation continues. Peñarol want to keep Pellistri until January, which is likely why Manchester United are said to have gone down the clause route. There shouldn't be any work permit worries, with the player listed as having a Spanish passport.