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Man Utd in advanced talks over surprising loan deal after Ten Hag U-turn

Man Utd in advanced talks over surprising loan deal after Ten Hag U-turn

What a fascinating turn of events.

Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri looks set to join Brazilian side Flamengo on loan, according to reports.

Pellistri only made his senior debut for United this month, in a 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic in the Carabao Cup - a full two years after joining the Red Devils. Despite coming on with just five minutes to go, he left fans revelling after a sparkling cameo down the left-hand flank.

Pellistri set up Marcus Rashford to double their lead after a mazy run, earning glowing reviews from Erik ten Hag after the final whistle. However, it has now been reported that the 21-year-old could leave Old Trafford this January.

According to O Globo, Pellistri is in advanced talks to join Flamengo on loan before the transfer window slams shut later this month.

Flamengo boss Vitor Pereira is said to be keen on the Uruguayan, whilst United chiefs have managed to get his wages covered in full.

Flamengo's bitter rivals, Botafogo, also made an attempt to sign Pellistri but failed to meet the Red Devils' financial demands.

United officials are thought to have a good relationship with Flamengo after former midfielder Andreas Pereira's spent last season on loan at the club.

Will Pellistri leave Manchester United?

Journalist Fabrizio Romano reported that 'loan proposals' had been received for the 21-year-old, with talks scheduled to discuss the player's future.

Romano tweeted: "Manchester United will meet with Facundo Pellistri's agent this week to make a decision on the future of the Uruguayan talent after his good performance in the last game.

"Loan proposals already received but Man Utd want to decide together with Pellistri."

It would appear that following those conversations, a loan move is considered the best option for both sides, with Pellistri thought to want more game time.

Ten Hag: Pellistri has a 'future' at United

News of Pellistri's possible departure may still come as a surprise to many fans after Ten Hag's post-match comments following his debut.

The Dutchman stated: "He had to wait a long time for it because you have to deserve the game-time in our squad. There are others who also deserved it who didn't even come on.

"He worked for a long time and he proved himself. He showed, in that moment, that he was ready.

"He had some really good actions, he was lively and he got the assist but also [he gave a] good contribution in terms of defending, he was reliable and he took the responsibility.

"I am happy with that performance and I'm happy with his development, we brought him in [to the team] and we think he has a future here at Manchester United."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Facundo Pellistri, Erik Ten Hag, Flamengo, Premier League, Football, Transfers, Fabrizio Romano