Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand has expressed his admiration for Raphael Varane, labeling the Frenchman a “true world-class central defender” whose results speak for themselves.
The Real Madrid defender is believed to be within days of moving to Old Trafford for a claimed figure of £ 42.7m (€ 50m), as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally finds a suitable partner for Harry Maguire.
United had previously ticked another goal off their transfer list when they announced the signing of Jadon Sancho, although Varane will provide much needed experience across the field for the Red Devils.
And former United defender Ferdinand, who amassed 455 appearances and won six Premier League titles in Manchester, couldn’t contain his excitement over Varane’s potential arrival.
“When you watch it sometimes it almost purrs, it has that rhythm, that balance,” Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel ‘Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE’.
“We have signed a true world-class central defender. His list of honors is ridiculous, it’s as long as my arm. “
Indeed, Varane exudes class and experience, having won the World Cup in 2018 and racked up three LaLiga titles and four Champions League titles with Real Madrid.
Despite playing all four games at Euro 2020, the France center-back was the only one of Didier Deschamps’s defenders not to be dribbled, while he also led La Liga defenders in terms of aerial success last season.
Although Varane’s dogfights were also more than double his defensive teammates, he also ranked second in terms of interceptions and duels won among the club’s defenders in 2020-21.
Ferdinand, whose transfer of £ 30m from Leeds United to Man Utd was a record figure for a defender in 2002, also found time to praise former colleague Solskjaer and United’s recruitment in this transfer window. .
“That’s a great job from [recruitment] Manchester United people. United have been criticized in the past, and rightfully so, for their diligence on the market, “added the former center-back.
“This they were assertive, they took their man and they took him. No doubt in my mind, he would have said to Real Madrid ‘I need it, I want it, I have to go.’
After seeing Sancho join the likes of Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Maguire, Ferdinand was adamant that Varane’s move would be due to his own insistence on moving on to a new challenge in England.
“What a signature. We’ve been talking about the transfer market since it opened, it must have come from the player, “continued Ferdinand.
“He must have wanted to leave and be part of Manchester United’s new way, the project that is moving forward.
“The talent they have there, the ability to play alongside Maguire after he did so well at the European Championships probably played a role. I just think he sees it as a better project than what he has at Real Madrid now. “
United will start their Premier League campaign against Leeds on 14 August and Solskjaer is hoping to be able to call both of his high-profile signings should the deal go through.