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Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri has been linked with a loan move to Valencia, who are reportedly ‘pushing’ to sign the South American in January.

The Uruguay international only made his senior debut for United this month, coming off the bench in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic in the Carabao Cup.

Despite only coming on with five minutes left to play, Pellistri made an instant impact, setting up Marcus Rashford to score his side’s second goal.

It was a performance that earned him glowing reviews from manager Erik ten Hag, leaving fans speculating as to whether his future remained at Manchester United.

It emerged last week that the Red Devils had received loan proposals for Pellistri, with Flamengo in advanced talks to sign him before the transfer window slams shut.

But in a further twist of events, La Liga side Valencia look to have become frontrunners for the player’s signature.

Valencia ‘pushing’ to sign Pellistri

Following news of Flamengo’s interest, initially reported by O Globo, journalist Fabrizio Romano now has a fresh update for United fans.

Romano tweeted: “Understand Flamengo are no longer a loan option for Facundo Pellistri. Valencia are pushing while there are two Serie A clubs as possibilities on the table.

“Manchester United will decide next week whether they want to send Facundo on loan or not.”

His possible departure comes shortly after Ten Hag’s comments, suggesting he had a “future at the club”.

Following his debut, the Dutchman said: “He had to wait a long time for it because you have to deserve the game-time in our squad. There are others who also deserved it who didn’t even come on.

“He worked for a long time and he proved himself. He showed, in that moment, that he was ready.

“He had some really good actions, he was lively and he got the assist but also [he gave a] good contribution in terms of defending, he was reliable and he look the responsibility.

“I am happy with that performance and I’m happy with his development, we brought him in [to the team] and we think he has a future here at Manchester United.”

However, with Pellistri thought to want more game time, he may have to wait for his chance at Old Trafford – with a loan seeming to be the only suitable solution for both parties.