Facundo Pellistri Close To Joining La Liga Club On Loan

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts.

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Facundo Pellistri looks set for a loan move to La Liga, according to reports.

The Uruguayan forward has spent his time in England playing in Man Utd’s reserve sides since his arrival from Penarol, and although his goal contributions against Man City’s elite development squad and Tottenham Hotspur U23 sparked hopes of a senior debut, there’s still room for development before he’s deemed ready to don the famous Red shirt.

While the experience with the youth side must’ve given the 19-year-old some taste of English football, the importance of accumulating first-team minutes for a player of his age – irrespective of the League – cannot be overstated.

As such, a loan spell in Spain would be a wise transfer decision for both the club and the player, and without any language barrier he’d settle in a new league with ease.

According to journalist Jonathan Shrager, 12th-placed Celta Vigo are currently leading the race to sign Pellistri.

His agent Edgardo Lasalvia has also confirmed Spain as the youngster’s next destination, though without naming any specific club. He told Fichajes: “We’re working on that, surely Spain is the destination.”

The last Man Utd youngster to ply his trade in the Spanish first division was Andreas Pereira with Granada and Valencia in 2016-17 and 2017-18 respectively.

On his return, the Brazilian midfielder shined in pre-season tours with his parent club but never managed to carry the same promise to competitive fixtures, and has been loaned to Italian outfit Lazio until the end of the current season.