Manchester United are activating the release clause for Peñarol winger Facundo Pellistri, but his advisors are holding up the deal.

Pellistri has emerged as a late target for United in this window, with reports this week stating they had made a late bid and he’d even broken COVID regulations to force through a move, with Lyon also keen.

The potential transfer has picked up pace over the last 48 hours and Sport 890 journalist Sebas Giovanelli now reports that Manchester United are activating his release clause.

He makes no mention of the value of that release clause, but El Observador had it at $15m when the player signed a new contract back in February.

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The deal, however, is being ‘blocked’ over a dispute between Peñarol and Pellistri’s agents regarding a percentage of the deal.

The issue is not made clear by Giovanelli, but Peñarol explained in May that, as part of the youngster’s new contract, his agents had negotiated a 20% ‘brokerage commission’ on the player, but this was capped at $400,000, so really 4% of the clause.

However, Giovanelli’s tweet seems to state that there is a law exempting Peñarol from paying this, but his agents are asking for it to be honoured. It is this which has caused the move to Manchester United to be ‘blocked’ for now.

The situation is a little confusing, though, and Giovanelli doesn’t make things very clear either, so with any luck, there will be some clarification as this rapidly developing situation continues.

Peñarol want to keep Pellistri until January, which is likely why Manchester United are said to have gone down the clause route. There shouldn’t be any work permit worries, with the player listed as having a Spanish passport.