Facundo Pellistri: Manchester United youngster to join Alaves on loan for rest of season – Sky Sports

Manchester United are braced for two imminent outgoings with defender Marcos Rojo on the verge of a permanent move to Boca Juniors and youngster Facundo Pellistri set to join La Liga side Alaves on loan for the rest of the season.

Rojo, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Estudiantes, is close to completing a permanent return to his native Argentina, bringing an end to a six-and-a-half-year stay at Old Trafford.

“[It is] likely that Marcos goes back to Argentina, [there is] a little bit of paperwork left to be done, I think,” United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.

October 23, 2020, Leigh, United Kingdom: Marcos Rojo of Manchester United shoots during the Premier League 2 match at Leigh Sports Village, Leigh. Picture date: 23rd October 2020

Marcos Rojo is set to end his stay at Manchester United as he is on the verge of a switch to Boca Juniors

The 30-year-old centre-back signed a new deal in March 2018 which is due to expire in the summer, but started only five Premier League games since and fell out of favour under Solskjaer.

Meanwhile, United have agreed a deal in principle with Alaves for 19-year-old Pellistri to join them on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Uruguayan is yet to make a first-team appearance for the club, having joined them from Penarol in October for £9m.

He has made two EFL Trophy appearances for the club’s U21s, scoring in December’s defeat by Accrington.

“There has been talks and there’s been quite a few clubs interested in Facundo to go out on loan and that’s maybe something we will let him do now,” Solskjaer said earlier this week, when comparing Pellistri to new signing Amad Diallo.

Amad Diallo completed his move to Manchester United earlier this month

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes new signing Amad Diallo is better prepared for opportunities in the first team at United

“He’s had a few games in the reserves. We want him to have regular football, of course, at a high level of course.

“With Amad, I think it’s a different scenario. He’s just come in, he’s going through a good training regime and training programme and he’s doing well. It won’t be too long, I feel, before I can bring him into the squad.”

Solskjaer has said he does not expect any new arrivals before the end of the transfer window, but the United boss says more fringe players could leave.

In terms of outgoings, Timothy Fosu-Mensah has already this month completed a permanent move to Bayer Leverkusen, and Jesse Lingard has passed a medical at West Ham ahead of an imminent move to the Hammers.

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been told his deal will not be extended beyond the summer, while homegrown full-back Brandon Williams is still being chased by Newcastle and Southampton with a loan move on the cards.

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