Facundo Pellistri is closing in on a loan move away from Manchester United before the end of the month.
Signed during the summer window, the Uruguayan is yet to make a senior appearance for the Red Devils.
The 19-year-old has appeared on the bench twice, but so far, his United career has been restricted to under 23 appearances.
Pellistri came highly recommended to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his staff, with former striker Diego Forlan sending a glowing scouting report.
After sealing his signing on the deadline day of the summer window, Solskjaer explained he would give the winger time to develop, but did hope to see some impact from the off.
He said: “Whilst we understand it will take time for him to adapt to the English game, he is capable of having an impact with his pace and ability to beat his opponent.
“Facundo has the perfect platform at Man United to develop and he has all of the technical qualities and the right mentality required to become a top player here.
“We are all looking forward to working with him to fulfil his potential over the coming years.”
However, after recovering from coronavirus, Pellistri is now expected to seal a move to Spain to secure some more senior football.
The right side remains a problem position for United, with Solskjaer rotating through a number of options in the first half of the season.
That Pellistri hasn’t yet been handed any minutes shows that he isn’t quite ready for the rigours of Premier League football.
Another potential reason for allowing his departure is the arrival of fellow winger Amad Diallo.
Diallo, who is one year younger than Pellistri, has finally made the move to Manchester, months after United agreed a fee with Atalanta.
Work permit issues held up that move, but earlier this month, he joined the senior picture at Carrington, instantly impressing his manager.
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"He can handle the ball, he's enjoyed training, he makes a difference in training, which is quite remarkable at his age,” Solskjaer said last week.
"There's some adjustment to settle into the hustle and bustle and the physical part of the Premier League but I can't see it being too long until he's in the squad.
"It might be quicker [than four or five weeks], who knows? He's definitely settled down well, the players have taken to him, he's a very good character, a very polite, smiley boy who works really hard.”
And while Pellistri’s development looks set to continue away from the bright lights of Old Trafford, Diallo’s emergence could have been a deciding factor.
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