PICTURES: Varela completing medical ahead of Manchester United move

by Sam Peoples

Guillermo Varela will this afternoon complete his medical ahead of his move to Manchester United in a deal believed to be worth around €2 million.

The 20-year-old Uruguayan right-back will become David Moyes’ first signing as United manager when the deal is finalised on July 1.

An exciting and adventurous defender, Varela impressed United coaches when he had a trial at the club a few months ago and United have followed through to bring the South American to Old Trafford.

Speaking with A Lo Penarol in Uruguay before flying over for his medical, Varela insisted he knew he had to brush up on his English skills but was looking forward to the opportunity.

“I need to learn English. Catino has taught me a little. The setup [at Man United] is great,” he said.

Although it is always exciting to see young and talented prospects joining the ranks of United, I’m sure that 21-year-old Marnick Vermijl will be ahead of him in the pecking order of right-back given the solid season he has had and the fact that he made his first-team debut last year.

Despite that, I look forward to seeing Varela in action for Uruguay at the U20 FIFA World Cup in Turkey this June to see why we were so keen to secure his signature before the tournament.

But given the impact of Hernandez and unquestionable talent of Henriquez, our South American scouts know a player when they see one so hopefully Varela will be more of the same.

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