Rafael da Silva is on the verge of leaving Manchester United for Lyon, the Ligue 1 club’s president has confirmed.
Jean-Michel Aulas took to Twitter this morning to reveal that the Brazilian defender is in France to undergo a medical.
He said: “Raphael [sic] has arrived from Manchester U. We’re waiting for an agreement with MU on the transfer. He’s in a very Brazilian good mood.”
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The two clubs are yet to agree a fee, but United are unlikely to offer much resistance as the 25-year-old’s contract expires next summer, and he is not in Louis van Gaal’s plans.
He started only six Premier League games for the Red Devils last season, and has reportedly been told that he has no future at Old Trafford following the arrival of Matteo Darmian from Torino.
Rafael was more favoured under Sir Alex Ferguson. He has made 169 appearances for United in his seven years with the club, winning three English titles and the 2009-10 League Cup.