The bosses at Penarol have revealed the details surrounding the deal that saw Facundo move to Manchester United, and it shows the Red Devils refused to pay up his release clause.
The 18 year old joined Olé Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Monday, for a £10 million fee. But according to Penarol’s secretary, United declined paying the teenager’s release clause to the country’s top flight, because it was against club policy.
Man United instead, opted to send the money to Penarol so they could sort things out with the league management company.
In a recent chat with Uruguayan news outlet, Referi, Gonzalez said: “In the talks with Manchester, at one point they told me: ‘Due to the club’s policy, we don’t pay for release clauses so we send the money to the club directly and you fix that problem.”
Penarol vice President, Rodolfo Cantino also revealed that United are paying the £10 million fee twice— half of it now, and the other half in 2020.
In his own words: “Everything was agreed, even the form of payment. There are two payments, one now and the other in July 2021, which we accept because Manchester United are a frontline club.”
Cantino also said that Penarol had requested to keep Pellistri a little longer, but United rejected the request, which means he could go right into the first team.
He added: “Of course we asked for it, we tried in every way but they argued that they wanted the player now.
“It’s normal, when a European team buys a player from you, they make him travel immediately.
“Pellistri goes straight into the first team. He is going to play. In the negotiation they asked me if I could guarantee them if he was in the bubble because they need him.
“Then it will be a matter of the manager if he uses him.”