Manchester United are set to complete the signing of talented young Uruguayan Guillermo Varela. The full-back spent time on trial at Old Trafford in the final weeks of last season, and did enough to impress coaches and earn an offer.
Steps had already been made to sign the 20-year-old before David Moyes was confirmed as successor to Sir Alex Ferguson last month.
Varela will arrive in Manchester shortly to complete the deal after a fee of around £1million was agreed with his club, Penarol.
The Uruguyan club's treasurer, Rodolfo Catino, is travelling with the player to iron out the final few details.He Tweeted on Wednesday: 'In San Pablo airport waiting for the connection to London, with Guille [Varela] about to board.'
Meanwhile, Robin van Persie believes his club are capable of achieving more success even without Ferguson as manager.
'I have a feeling we can do much more and that we can win many more trophies. I've had a year to work with everyone and now the whole (coaching) staff is changing which makes it a new challenge,' Van Persie told the Dutch football union website on Wednesday.
'I've got to know the players through and through and I've a feeling they have a lot more (success) in them. A whole lot more,' he added.
'The season began as a nice challenge but you never know how these things will turn out. But now I have a sense of pride, it was a great season. A pressured year.'
Van Persie, who helped United win the Premier League title last season after joining from Arsenal, said he would have liked to have worked longer under Ferguson who retired last month after 26 years at United and was replaced by David Moyes.
'I'd have preferred it if he'd stayed a few more years but I understand his decision. I'm even prouder that I could work under him for a year. I could see he was a legendary man.'