Lyon are closing in on the signing of the Brazilian right-back Rafael da Silva from Manchester United. The defender was told he could leave United this summer after being left out of the squad for the pre-season tour of the United States. The Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas announced on Monday that the 25-year-old was in the French city before a potential transfer to the Ligue 1 runners-up. Aulas tweeted: “Rafael has arrived from Manchester, we are waiting for an agreement with MU about his transfer. He has the Brazilian good humour!” Reports in France suggest Lyon will pay up to £2.5m for the signature of the three-times Premier League winner.