Chelsea join Man Utd in transfer race for Penarol winger Facundo Pellistri, 18, with contract running out in 2022

CHELSEA have reportedly joined the transfer battle for Penarol wonderkid Facundo Pellistri.

But the Blues have some serious European competition for the 18-year-old winger.

Both Manchester clubs, Juventus and Atletico and Real Madrid have all bee eyeing a move for the Uruguayan.

Italian news site Calcio Mercato reports that Juventus seem to be leading the race, but Chelsea have emerged as dark horses to land him.

Frank Lampard's side have shown a "concrete interest" in Pellistri that will "put them on a collision course" with Manchester City.

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The teenager is becoming a hot prospect in South American after starring in his homeland on the wing.

Penarol know they will struggle to hold on to Pellistri, especially as the lightning quick attacker has a £10million release clause inserted into his contract.

And it's no surprise to see him also linked with Manchester United – Penarol's manager is former United favourite Diego Forlan.

The Athletic has previously reported how Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will ask his old pal for advice on the teenager ahead of launching a potential swoop once the window re-opens.

Despite not yet making his international debut, Pellistri holds a Spanish passport and already speaks English, which should ensure a smooth transition to Europe.

He is under contract until 2022 with Penarol.

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