Manchester United are on the same page as one of their underused players when it comes to the topic of a January transfer, according to reports.
As always, the winter transfer window will be interesting for Man Utd, both in terms of potential incomings and outgoings. In terms of the latter, it could be an opportunity for some players who do not feature prominently in Erik ten Hag’s plans to find more gametime elsewhere.
Those departures could either be loans, to help the club’s prospects develop, or sales, so they can earn some financial windfalls.
It seems the latter solution is in the pipeline for one man in particular who has not been able to win Ten Hag over and has been increasingly linked with an exit in recent days.
Facundo Pellistri is the player in question after failing to make an appearance under Man Utd’s new boss yet.
AS has provided the latest on his pursuit of an exit, claiming he is “determined” to get out of Old Trafford.
Indeed, he is so keen to see the back of Man Utd that he wants his departure to be a permanent one. The club don’t disagree and are now hoping he can have a good World Cup to raise his market value.
They invested €8.5million to sign him originally, from Penarol back in 2020. Now, the plan is to get as much of that money (about £7.4million) back as possible.
Pellistri right to be seeking fresh start – but where?
With Pellistri under contract until 2025, there is no need to rush. But with the player’s stance – and seemingly Ten Hag’s – clear, Man Utd don’t need to waste time.
Where he ends up remains to be seen. He has spent time in Spain before, when he was on loan at Alaves. Prior to that, he was playing in his native Uruguay with Penarol before Man Utd came calling.
Pellistri has never been able to make his senior competitive debut for Man Utd, though, partially due to some physical issues. And as things stand, it looks like he never will.
Only turning 21 years old in December, though, there is plenty of time ahead for him to make a success of his career elsewhere.
It makes sense for all parties to separate in January. First of all, their focus will be on how he performs at the World Cup with Uruguay, as long as he makes it into their final squad.
Pellistri will have to make the most of any opportunity he gets. That said, even if he is in the 26-man selection, he might not be a guaranteed starter for the South Americans.
Whether he will get enough gametime to put himself in the shop window remains to be seen. But his representatives will no doubt already be at work trying to find more realistic solutions for him.
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