Manchester United hopeful of sealing deal for Uruguay youth international.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has his eye on Penarol defender Guillermo Varela to be his first signing, according to the Daily Express.
The 20 year-old right back has been on trial at Old Trafford for the last fortnight, and has reportedly sufficiently impressed to warrant a permanent deal.
However, it would still be a curious signing if Manchester United bought the 20 year-old, given the cover already in his position amongst players already in the Red Devils squad.
Moyes’ first choice right back is Rafael Da Silva, who has developed into one of the best in the Premier League despite occasional bouts of naivete.
With Chris Smalling and Phil Jones also highly proficient when called upon to play there, there seems little need to bring additional options in when other positions need much more urgent reinforcement.
The Daily Express report that Manchester United have submitted a bid worth £1.2 million for the Uruguayan, but Penarol vice president Edgard Welker has turned it down in the hope of receiving more for the starlet.
“It’s an important offer,” said Welker.
“It’s complicated – it’s not easy.”
Varela’s transfer to Manchester United appears to currently hang in the balance.