Sheffield United to miss out on transfer target as Man United make decision over starlet

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Blades were eyeing Man U starlet earlier in window

Facundo Pellstri, the Manchester United starlet who had been of interest to Sheffield United earlier this transfer window, looks set to stay at Old Trafford beyond tomorrow’s deadline after recent talks with manager Erik ten Hag. The 21-year-old looked set to leave on loan after a pre-season chat with his manager, with a dozen clubs reportedly interested.

But The Athletic reported today that the Urugyuan international is set to remain in Manchester, rather than move out on loan. FC Twente were also said to be keen on Pellistri but the Red Devils have seemingly scuppered any chance of him leaving on loan, amid calls from their supporters for the winger to be given more first-team opportunities.

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Pellistri has featured twice so far this season, playing 13 minutes against Wolves and five minutes at Tottenham Hotspur, and early talks have been held over a new contract with his current deal having two years to run, with the option of an extra one. Speaking recently Pellistri compared training with his parent club to studying at Harvard, saying: “Being here, all the players are top players. So when you train here, you learn a lot.

“Every session is like being at Harvard because you have the best of the best. So, in training, you improve a lot. Last year, I stayed all the season and I improved a lot in all aspects. And, of course, to be here and to live the way United is, you also gain a lot of experience.”

United boss Paul Heckingbottom had identified Pellistri as a target as he looked to increase his options at the top of the pitch, despite the recent signing of Cameron Archer. Asked recently about the Urugyuan, he said: “We’ve got a lot of people - and I’m not saying Facundo is one - that we’re speaking about and speaking to. Whether that’s the players themselves, the representatives, the family, their parent clubs. And there’s a lot we want to get done.

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“Knowing that it’s difficult to get players in, we have quite a lot of irons in the fire with different types of deals, because we can’t be relying on one in case at the end of the window nothing happens. So we’re working hard.”

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