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Lyon confirm the signing of Man Utd's Rafael

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rafael leaves Man Utd
Rafael leaves Man Utd

Manchester United have continued to clear out unwanted members of their first team squad after Brazilian defender Rafael completed a move to Lyon.

Rafael was told by United boss Louis van Gaal that he could leave the club at the end of last season, with his move confirmed with a message tweeted out by the Ligue 1 club.

Tom Cleverley, Robin van Persie and Nani are among those who have also left United this summer, with Angel Di Maria's high profile transfer to Paris Saint-Germain expected to be confirmed imminently.

The £7m deal to sell Rafael bolsters a United transfer balance that should look pretty healthy once the near-£45m deal for Di Maria is confirmed, with doubts remaining over the futures of the likes of Ashley Young and Jonny Evans in the final month of this transfer window.