By Cypher Kwaku Dizzle
Manchester United’s summer transfer business finally kicked into gear as the window wound down in the final few days.
Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Facundo Pellistri all joined Donny van de Beek as new faces at Old Trafford, while an agreement for the January addition of Atalanta’s Amad Diallo was also struck.
The lack of a Jadon Sancho-shaped arrival will have irked many Manchester United supporters, many of whom feel the club have failed to back Ole Gunnar Solskjær by pursuing his top targets.
Nevertheless, United embark on another season with a well-stocked attacking roster, but their inability to add a central defender may be cause for concern for United fans.
Here is the latest Manchester United transfer round-up on Thursday October 8.
Pellistri transfer details revealed
Manchester United have refused to send teenage winger Facundo Pellistri back on loan to CA Peñarol, with the 18-year-old set to be plunged into Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first-team.
The Uruguayan signed for United on deadline day in a £10million deal, which will be spread out across two separate payments, according to the Daily Mail.
United refused to pay the teenager’s release clause as a matter of club policy, instead wiring the money to Peñarol directly with an agreement that the second and final instalment will be sent next summer.
Peñarol secretary Evaristo Gonzalez requested that Pellistri be allowed to remain at the club on loan, but United turned that down.
“Of course we asked for it, we tried in every way but they argued that they wanted the player now,” Gonzalez said.
Traoré set for United medical
Amad Diallo is set to undergo his medical examinations in Bergamo today, following his agreement to join United for an initial €25million in January.
The 18-year-old is scheduled to undergo his medical to ensure his move can officially go ahead on the agreed date, according to Tutto Mercato in Italy.
Diallo featured from the bench in a handful of games for Atalanta last season, even scoring on his Serie A debut, but has played most prominently in the club’s U-19 setup in Primavera 1, the Italian equivalent of Premier League 2.
His brother is US Sassuolo forward Hamed Junior Traoré.
United save money on injury-prone attacker
Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé was reportedly close to being sent on a season-long loan to Manchester United on Deadline Day, says the Daily Express.
United were in the market for a right winger and Barça man Dembélé was targeted as a Sancho alternative, but he refused to sign a contract extension with the Catalan giants before sealing a 12-month loan.
In doing so, United were forced to look elsewhere for right wingers and found two in Facundo Pellistri and Amad Traoré.
Mundo Deportivo report Barcelona have been dismayed by their inability to offload Dembélé, either on loan or permanently.
Last season, the Frenchman suffered four separate muscle injuries which kept him out for a combined 294 days, according to Transfermarkt.com, missing 40 Barcelona fixtures in the process.