Van Gaal happy for Rafael to leave

03 August 2015 10:13:34 EST

Rafael da Silva is on the verge of ending his seven-year association with Manchester United after agreeing to move to Ligue 1 side Lyon.

The Brazilian right-back was told by United boss Louis van Gaal earlier this summer that he could leave Old Trafford and he was left out of the squad that went on last month's pre-season tour of the United States.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has now announced that the 25-year-old is in the French city ahead of a potential transfer to last season's runners-up.

"Rafael has arrived from Manchester, we are waiting for an agreement with MU (United) about his transfer," Aulas tweeted. "He has the Brazilian good humour."

Rafael joined United, along with his twin brother Fabio, from Fluminense in 2008 and has featured in more than 100 Premier League games for the club.

He was a regular starter under Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, but van Gaal opted to use Antonio Valencia ahead of him last season when Rafael started just six Premier League games.

Van Gaal has also signed right-back Matteo Darmian from Torino this summer.

United are 1/1 to win the Premier League title in 2015/16, with defending champions Chelsea 1/1 and bitter rivals Manchester City 1/1.

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