David Moyes looks poised to make young Uruguayan starlet Guillermo Varela his first signing in charge of Manchester United according to Sky Sports.
This will be Moyes' first serious move in the Manchester United hotseat, and will Varela will travel to Manchester for a medical in the coming days after discussions with his team Penarol in Uruguay. The fee is understood to be in the region of £1m.
Varela, a promising full-back, spent two weeks on-loan at United at the end of last season and it looks like he has done enough to impress the Manchester United coaches. David Moyes will not have seen the young defender in action, so will be going by the word of the United backing team.
The Uruguyan club's treasurer, Rodolfo Catino is travelling with the player to iron out the final few details of the move. He tweeted on Wednesday: "In San Pablo airport waiting for the connection to London, with Guille Varela, about to board."
Varela is yet to establish himself in the first team at Penarol, but the young full-back impressed coaches with his performances in defence at the South American under-20 championship.
Following Varela's good form in the tournament, Uruguay came third behind eventual winners Colombia and runners-up Paraguay.
The transfer would undoubtedly put pressure on existing United full-back Rafael, who has improved drastically over the season. Varela, at 20 years of age will have to make a quick impression as United have plenty of cover in this position already, with the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling having both played here in the past.
United also have the identical twin of Rafael ready to return to the side. Fabio spent the entirety of last season on loan at relegated QPR.
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