Facundo Pellistri was arguably the most under-the-radar signing of a busy deadline day for Manchester United.
After the 5-1 thrashing by Tottenham on Sunday, the pressure was on for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to significantly upgrade his playing squad.
Although a deal for names like Jadon Sancho and Ousmane Dembele didn’t materialise, United still managed to get four transfers over the line in the final hours of the summer window.
Edinson Cavani provides Solskjaer with the extra attacking firepower he had been searching for throughout the window, while Alex Telles’ arrival from Porto could signify a substantial upgrade at left-back.
They also agreed a deal to sign exciting Atalanta winger Amad Traore, in a deal that could reach £37million.
He will remain with the Italians until January with work permit issues still be ironed out.
But the acquisition of Pellistri from Penarol is one that Solskjaer hopes will provide an immediate boost to his beleaguered first-team squad.
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And after agreeing a £10m fee, Solskjaer admitted that the club had been monitoring the Uruguayan for several years.
“Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe that he will be a real talent for the long term,” Solskjaer 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 Manchester 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.”
Pellistri, who has been playing under United favourite Diego Forlan, revealed the chance to be managed by Solskjaer is ‘perfect’ for his development.
“To join a club with the history of Manchester United is a dream come true,” Pellistri told the club’s official site. “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.”