And with the first signing of David Moyes’ career at Manchester United, the manager pens . . . Guillermo Varela.
Guillermo Varela. Yea, not exactly the kind of name that will set Twitter alight with claims of title repeats but a meaningful signing, nonetheless.
Varela is a 20 year old Uruguayan right-back who comes to Old Trafford from Penarol for a reported £1 million ($1.55m) transfer fee. The deal has been arranged by agent Paul Betancourt, who also was responsible for Southampton’s acquisition of Uruguayan attacking midfielder Gaston Ramirez from Bologna last summer.
Varela’s deal should be finalized in the next 24 hours and Penarol club treasurer Rodolfo Catino is travelling with the player to help put the final touches on the transfer. Catino recently Tweeted: “In San Pablo airport waiting for the connection to London, with Guille [Varela] about to board.”
Varela is no stranger to United as the youngster spent time on trial at Old Trafford in the final weeks of last season. From all accounts the defender was quite impressive, earning compliments from the now departed Sir Alex Ferguson.
The full-back will challenge fellow South American, Rafael da Silva, for playing time. But getting burn won’t come easy for Varela as Rafael is coming off a breakout season on the right side of United’s defense where he scored three goals and chipped in three assists.
You can catch Varela in action later this month when the FIFA U-20 World Cup kicks off in Turkey. Uruguay’s opens the tournament against Croatia on June 23rd followed by clashes with New Zealand on the 26th and Uzbekistan on the 29th.