MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly plotting a transfer swoop for Penarol’s Uruguayan starlet Facundo Pellistri – coached by ex-Red Devils striker Diego Forlan.
The 18-year-old is becoming a hot prospect in South American after starring in his homeland on the wing.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a former team-mate of Forlan.
And The Athletic claim the Norwegian will ask his old pal for advice on the teenager ahead of launching a potential swoop once the window re-opens.
Penarol know they will struggle to hold on to Pellistri, especially as the lightning quick attacker has a £10million release clause inserted into his contract.
But United will face strong competition for his signature as both neighbours Man City and Real Madrid are keen.
Despite not yet making his international debut, Pellistri holds a Spanish passport and already speaks English, which should ensure a smooth transition to Europe.
He is under contract until 2022 with Penarol but if Solskjaer receives a glowing report from Forlan then he may soon find himself on the move even though he is happy at the club.
Solskjaer has attempted to play down reports of big-money moves in the next window but has outlined what he looks for in new additions.
He said: “You have a certain DNA and identity when you play for Man United or work for Man United, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the canteen or laundry or in admin or on the pitch, you’ve got to be a certain type of character for me.
“I’m very old school in my values. I’m not going to rant and rave. I’d rather open the door or close the door. Either in or out.
“Players who want to sign if they don’t feel right as a person you close the door, players who are inside who don’t feel right and don’t want to contribute to the team ethos and have the betterment of the team at heart then you open the door and let them leave.
“It’s a constant process. Whatever you do every day, that will decide if you’re going to be part of Man United or not.
“I hope and believe I will always stay true to my principles and values of that.”