Manchester United are close to announcing the signing of Penarol defender Guillermo Varela on a permanent deal.

The 20-year old full back has been in impressive form for his parent club, and has regularly featured for his National team at u20 level.

Varela travelled to Manchester on Thursday, and will undergo a medical today to complete the formalities of the move to become manager David Moyes first signing in charge of his new side.

The confirmation of Varela travelling to England was revealed by the player himself on Futbol a lo Penarol Radio:

“I will have a medical on Friday and on Saturday I join the Uruguay Under-20 national team.”

“I will have to learn English, Rodolfo Catino [Penarol’s Club Treasurer] taught me something, the structure is impressive.”

Rodolfo Catino also spoke to Futbol a lo Penarol radio before travelling to England with the young defender:

“The deal has been agreed, we now have to discuss some points, there won’t be any percentage regarding any future transfer.”

“The deal can be as much as 2.8 million Euros. Guille will adapt quickly to Manchester.”

An announcement on the deal for the young Uruguayan is expected in the next 48 hours.