Facundo Pellestri pictured during Man Utd medical as transfer edges closer

Manchester United are closing in on the signature of 18-year-old Facundo Pellistri after over a year of tracking the right-sided forward.

The young attacker, brought in from Uruguayan side Penarol, is expected to be confirmed imminently.

But Pellistri is not expected in the UK until later this week, where he will have to self-isolate due to Covid-19 regulations.

That hasn't stopped United pressing ahead with his transfer this evening, with the player undergoing a medical in recent hours.

Pellistri's agent took to Instagram to share a photo of the United transfer target on a bed, going through the necessary tests and checks.

With 37 senior appearances to his name with top-flight side Penarol, the young forward has impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enough to offer a five-year with a loan option.

And the vice-president of Pellistri’s club recently suggested the forward was set to become a United player.

The chief told Sport Witness : ”It’s still not closed, but we expect it to be done in the coming hours."

And the youngster has attracted from praise from former United hitman, Diego Forlan.

“Pellistri has huge potential," Forlan said in April.

"There is still a lot to work on. He is growing and he makes the difference. We know it will be difficult to keep him for a long time. He has great pace and that is hard to handle."

United have already added Alex Telles to their ranks today, signing the left-back in a £17m deal.

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He said: "To join a club with the prestige of Manchester United is a huge honour.

"You have to work hard to get to this moment in your career and now I am coming to this club, I can promise that I will give everything in my heart to be a success here.

"I won many trophies at FC Porto and I want to continue that at United. The manager has a clear plan and direction for this team and I can’t wait to pull on the famous shirt."

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