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OGC Nice want to sign Manchester United attacker Facundo Pellistri on loan in January

Ligue 1 club OGC Nice are keen on signing Manchester United attacking midfielder Facundo Pellistri on loan during the January transfer window, according to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein.

The Uruguayan international has struggled for regular playing time this term, with three starts to his name across all competitions.

The 22-year-old has made ten appearances off the bench for the Red Devils and could be open to going where he can play regularly ahead of Copa America in the summer.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe-owned Nice are monitoring his situation, and manager Erik ten Hag could be open to his temporary exit if Man United sign another forward this month.

“I understand there is loan interest in Facundo Pellistri for example from Nice and a number of clubs,” Ornstein said on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE.

“But that doesn’t do a great deal for their finances, but it creates a bit of space in the squad.”

Described as ‘spectacular’ by his international teammate and Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo, Pellistri is a talented player, but a lack of frequent run of games has hindered his progress.

He spent 18 months on loan in La Liga with Alvares before finally making his debut for Man United in January 2023, after more than two years of joining them.

The attacker moved to the Old Trafford club from Uruguayan Primera Division club Penarol in October 2020 and still dreams of establishing himself as a key player for the side.

However, another loan exit may be necessary before he can start emulating his fellow South American Alejandro Garnacho.

Pellistri spent last term at Man United but was limited to ten games across all competitions, with just an assist to his name.

Ten Hag decided to keep him at the club despite interest from several sides during the summer transfer window.

The Uruguayan received interest from more than a dozen clubs, but the manager held talks with him and told him he wanted him to continue his development at Old Trafford rather than on loan elsewhere.

The plan could change this month, and it will be interesting to see where Pellistri spends the second half of the season.