Varela spent some time on trial at Old Trafford last month as the club ran the rule over the Uruguayan youngster and apparently they liked what they saw as a move is set to be completed imminently.
Journalist Mark Lacaze, who covers Penarol extensively, tweeted last night that Varela, along with Penarol’s treasurer Rodolfo Catino, travelled to England to finalise the move:
El dirigente de Peñarol @rodolfocatino es quien acompaña a Guille Varela en su viaje a Inglaterra para firmar con Manchester United.
— Marcos Lacaze (@MLacaze) June 6, 2013
Catino also tweeted:
En el aeropuerto de San Pablo esperando la conexión a Londres , el guille un valor
— Rodolfo Catino (@RodolfoCatino) June 6, 2013
(In San Pablo airport waiting for a connection to London, the value of Guille)
Lacaze claimed the deal was worth €1.8m (£1.5million) and that United were keen to tie up the deal before the defender headed off to Turkey for the u20 World Cup.