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Saturday 08 June 2013

Manchester United agree deal for Uruguayan defender Varela

Guillermo Varela (front row, second from left) is a Uruguay Under-20 international

Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign the Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela for an undisclosed fee.

"It is a shame to see him go but you cannot deny him the opportunity to join a club like this"
Jorge Da Silva

The Barclays Premier League champions decided to swoop for the 20-year-old right-back, who plays for Atletico Penarol, after he impressed on trial.

Varela, who has made just one appearance for the Uruguayan Primera Division club but has claimed nine Under-20 caps for his country, becomes the first signing by David Moyes as Manchester United manager after replacing his retired predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.

'Guillermo will immediately join up with the Uruguay Under-20 squad for the upcoming FIFA Under-20 World Championship in Turkey,' read a statement on the club’s official website,

“This is what he deserves,” said Penarol head coach Jorge Da Silva. “It is a shame to see him go but you cannot deny him the opportunity to join a club like this.”

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Key Points

  • Manchester United agree deal to sign Guillermo Varela from Atletico Penarol
  • 20-year-old right-back to sign for an undisclosed fee after impressing on trial
  • Varela due to play for Uruguay at FIFA Under-20 World Championship