Manchester United appear to have been successful in their transfer bid for Facundo Pellistri as the club owner confirmed the deal is getting close.
The Red Devils have been trying to sign the Uruguayan teenager after disappointment in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho.
With 37 senior appearances to his name with top-flight side Penal, the 18-year-old forward has impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enough to offer a “five-year deal” with a loan option.
And the vice-president of Pellistri’s club has now suggested that the wheels are now in motion to make the forward a United player.
The chief told Sport Witness : ”It’s still not closed, but we expect it to be done in the coming hours."
United have already been busy bolstering their forward line on the last day of the transfer window, bringing in free agent and Pellistri’s compatriot Edinson Cavani.
While Solskjaer has also managed to get a deal for full-back Alex Telles over the line, with the Brazilian due to arrive from Porto.
But Rene Meulensteen, who worked as an assistant coach to Sir Alex Ferguson, has made a worrying prediction for the pair at Old Trafford.
“Obviously the Sancho deal doesn’t look like it’s happening anyway but I don’t think they need to spend that amount of money in that position," he told talkSPORT.
"They’re still vulnerable at the back no matter what combination they come up with, it hasn’t worked for them. "Obviously they’re going to bring Telles in, another left-back, from a league that you can’t compare with the Premier League, so he’ll need some time to bed in.
"He’s 27, which is an age where you expect players to hit the ground running. Cavani is 33, I’m not saying he’s not a proven goalscorer and it cannot work, but it sounds a little similar to when Higuain went to Chelsea.
"The Premier League is a different kettle of fish so I’m a little bit cautious to bring in a 33-year-old.
"Again, how will that shape United up front? As the style will change with an out-and-out striker.”
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