Club Brugge are reportedly eyeing a January swoop for Manchester United youngster Facundo Pellistri, currently on loan at Alaves.
Italian football journalist Rudy Galetti has recently offered an update on the future of Facundo Pellistri. The Manchester United prospect is currently on loan at Deportivo Alaves until the end of the season, but it appears his loan spell could be cut short and the player may return to Old Trafford in January, owing to a lack of game-time.
It has put Belgian club Club Brugge on red alert, with the UEFA Champions League outfit hoping to snap up the attacker on loan for the second half of the campaign.
Formerly of Penarol, Pellistri arrived at Old Trafford last summer for a sizable fee of €8 million. But after failing to muster a single competitive appearance for Manchester United during the first half of the 2020/21 campaign, the youngster was loaned out to Deportivo Alaves in January.
The winger went on to make 12 appearances for Alaves in La Liga, tempting the Spanish outfit to extend his loan for a full year this summer. But the move has backfired, as the Manchester United prospect seems to have failed to live up to the expectations, featuring in just under 200 minutes of league football so far with zero goal involvements.
It appears the club’s newly appointed head coach Javier Calleja does not rate Pellistri highly, often preferring the likes of Miguel de la Fuente, Luis Rioja and other ahead of him. As a result, the young Uruguayan could be set for a return to Manchester United, with Club Brugge prepared to snap him up in January.
The Belgian outfit could be a far better fit for Facundo Pellistri as they can offer European football, be it in the UEFA Champions League or Europa League. Perhaps more importantly, they can offer him regular game-time, assuming the youngster is being courted as a direct replacement for Noa Lang, who has been linked with a January move to Arsenal.
Manchester United themselves could favour Pellistri’s potential switch to Bruges as it could help him gain some valuable experience in European football as well as regular game-time.
The youngster, after all, could be a potential first-team option for Manchester United next season, as new signing Jadon Sancho continues to struggle while Donny van de Beek has been tipped to leave Old Trafford in the upcoming January transfer window, with Barcelona reportedly interested.