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Peñarol winger passes Manchester United medical claims report in Uruguay

Manchester United are thought to have kept a close eye on Peñarol youngster Facundo Pellistri who could be close to joining the club on transfer deadline day.

The club has been heavily criticised this summer for not signing enough players. Only Donny van de Beek has arrived thus far, but Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani are expected to arrive today (via Manchester Evening News).

Pellistri, 18, is fast and likes to run at defenders. He can speak English and plays mainly across the attack.

According to Tenfield in Uruguay, Pellistri passed his Manchester United medical on Saturday.

Now United need to pay his transfer clause to conclude the deal. It’s worth $10m, as per Tenfield, and Pellistri is expected to travel to England today.

Pellistri’s name was first brought to our attention on July 3 when reputable journalist Andy Mitten wrote a piece on the youngster for The Athletic.

It sounds like former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan is responsible for brining Pellistri to Solskjaer’s attention. The Uruguayan, who famously made the Scousers cry, briefly managed Pellistri at Penarol but was sacked last month after winning just four games in 11.

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