Diego Forlan has told Uruguayan outlet Sport890 that Penarol wonderkid Facundo Pellistri can leave the club in the coming months amid reported interest from Arsenal, Newcastle United and Wolves.
Pellistri, 18, has already clocked up 25 senior appearances for Forlan’s side – having a hand in four goals from out wide. He is more than capable of playing both flanks and already boasts his club’s number 10 shirt.
Italian outlet CalcioMercato recently claimed that Arsenal and Juventus had joined Newcastle in the race to sign Pellistri, who has a release clause at Penarol worth just £12million. The Mail claim Wolves and Man City are keen.
Penarol manager Forlan, formerly of Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, has stated that Pellistri can leave his club this summer – with Diego Simeone’s side also considered as a possible new side.
“I know he can leave at any time. The financial situation of the club makes me think that I have to adapt to the current situation,” Forlan said, when discussing Pellistri’s future.
TBR’s view – Which club is best for Pellistri?
Arsenal have shown this season that they are planning for the future. Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and plenty of other young stars have all been used by Mikel Arteta.
Manchester City have seen Phil Foden shine and Eric Garcia come into the side, but they are some way behind Arsenal in terms of young talent. Newcastle and Steve Bruce have preferred to use senior players.
So, which club is best for Pellistri? Arsenal have enormous talent in attacking midfield and while Newcastle would give Pellistri smaller competition to get past, Arsenal’s faith in youth would surely tempt the Uruguayan teen.