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Monday 18 December 2017

Moyes makes first transfer move as United agree Varela deal

David Moyes, pictured, has signed Guillermo Varela for an undisclosed fee
David Moyes, pictured, has signed Guillermo Varela for an undisclosed fee

David Moyes has completed his first signing as Manchester United manager after the Barclays Premier League champions confirmed the arrival of defender Guillermo Varela.

The 20-year-old Uruguayan is moving to Old Trafford from Atletico Penarol, with United's official website reporting an undisclosed fee.

Moyes, who is new to the job after replacing the retired Sir Alex Ferguson will be able to view Varela in action immediately as he is in Uruguay's squad for the Under-20 World Championships in Turkey.

Varela, who played just one senior game for Penarol, is a full-back and will provide competition for the likes of Rafael and Fabio da Silva, Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner.

“I’m very pleased to be a part of this club, one of the best teams in the world,” he said.

“As everyone in the world knows, this is a huge club that has won everything and I really hope that continues."

Varela should settle quickly into the United dressing room given the global make-up of the Reds squad.

“I’m very lucky there are quite a few Spanish-speakers here,” he said.

“It will certainly help me settle in.”

Moyes does not officially take up office at Old Trafford until July 1 but has been familiarising himself with the club ever since his departure from Everton was confirmed last month.

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