Varela will become United’s first summer signing and at that price, he could easily turn out to be the club’s bargain of the summer.
He will not go straight into the first team because Rafael was outstanding last season with some suggesting he was the best right back in the Premier League and Brazil with Rio Ferdinand slamming the Brazil national side for not including him for the friendly against England.
Varela will more than likely be loaned back out initially with Penarol an obvious destination although David Moyes may want him to stay inside Europe, which will give him the chance of calling back the player if United get a bad run of injuries.
Varela has everything needed to be a success in the full back role other than more experience; he looks fit, he seems agile and he seems to have pace to burn which is important for getting up and down one side of the pitch.
His realistic chances of replacing Phil Jones as the initial back up to Rafael at right back will be determined by two things.
If he’s on loan, then he has to use that loan spell to maintain the current air of positivity United feel towards him. He has to use it to tell Moyes that he is the man to play that role for United beyond all doubt.
If he finds himself in a similar position to someone like Nick Powell at Old Trafford then he needs to work hard and prove his consistency in the youth teams at the club.
That could lead to a first team chance in and FA Cup or League Cup match next season, which is his route into the first team.
It’s all about taking his chance but it will be difficult because United are a huge club, filled with youngsters that will step all over each other to make the sort of impression Rafael has had at first team level.
United have also done superbly over his price because it decreases the pressure he’ll be under at Old Trafford and also takes a little bit of exposure away from him.
Had he been signed for a fee over between £5-10 million then it would have been a different story because Moyes may have been looking for instant results.
The fact the club put measures in place to sign him before Moyes was confirmed as the club’s next manager would have also meant Moyes may have viewed the deal more negatively because he wasn’t the person who pushed for the transfer.
Varela is a superb investment by United, a sensible investment and a player who could easily be a long term right back for the club.
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