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18-year-old prodigy makes his move to Man United

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Manchester United have secured the landing of 18-year-old winger Facundo Pellistri from Penarol on a five-year contract with option for a further year.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen to add a right wide attacker to his squad and, with efforts to sign Jadon Sancho failing, attentions turned elsewhere.

Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele was considered but negotiations failed with the club wanting a loan deal and the La Liga heavyweights keen on a permanent sale.

While no deals could be sealed for senior right-sided attackers, the club have ended the market with two teenage wingers after they agreed on a deal with Penarol for highly regarded Pellistri worth to be €10 million (£9 million).

The 18-year-old was mentioned with Real Madrid, Juventus and Atletico Madrid and first came on United’s radar back in September 2017, and their scouts have continued to monitor him ever since.

That follows the announcement the club had finalised an agreement with Atalanta for 18-year-old ace Amad Traore. The deal will see the teenager move to United in January once a work permit, personal terms and medical have been agreed.

Facundo said: “To join a club with the history of Manchester United is a dream come true. I have learnt a lot at Penarol and I would like to thank them for everything they have done for me.

“To have the confidence of the manager is an amazing feeling and I know that working with him will be perfect for my development. I am coming into a squad full of great players who I will learn from every day.

“Everyone knows that Manchester United is a club that gives young players an opportunity and I am ready to work hard every day to earn those chances and prove myself in England.”

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