Diego Forlan convinced Facundo Pellistri to reject Lyon and make the deadline day move to Manchester United, according to reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made the right-wing position a priority to strengthen in the summer, and while he missed out on top target Jadon Sancho, he gained one of South America’s hottest prospects.
Pellistri, 18, has only made 37 senior appearances for Penarol, but United forked out £9 million to recruit the winger from the Uruguayan club.
According to ESPN, Ligue 1 side Lyon had a deal agreed for the youngster, but Old Trafford cult hero Forlan intervened to convince him to change his mind and move to Manchester instead.
The Uruguayan managed Penarol for a brief period before being let go last month, and after coaching Pellistri, he knew all about his exciting potential.
The report states that Forlan held discussions with Solskjaer, Ed Woodward and United’s scouting department.
Speaking to Referi earlier this week, Penarol secretary Evaristo Gonzalez revealed the winger’s role in the United squad.
‘Pellistri is going straight to the first team. He’s going to play,’ Gonzalez said.
‘During negotiations they asked me if I could guarantee that he was in the bubble because they need him.
‘Then it will be a matter of whether the manager uses him.’