‘I need it, I want it, I have to go’: Rio Ferdinand claims Raphael Varane has told Real Madrid he is keen to leave… with Manchester United poised for imminent announcement of defender’s arrival in 38.5m deal
- Varane is reportedly very close to a deal to sign for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side
- The 28-year-old Los Blancos defender Varane is a World Cup winner with France
- United would likely play him alongside captain Harry Maguire at centre back
- And United legend Ferdinand hailed Varane as a ‘genuine world-class’ footballer
- The iconic centre half said Varane sees United as a ‘better project’ than Madrid
Rio Ferdinand has claimed Raphael Varane has told Real Madrid he is keen to leave the club, with Manchester United poised to announce his imminent arrival.
Defender Varane, 28, is understood to be extremely close to a move from the Spanish giants to Old Trafford for a £38.5million fee.
And Ferdinand said on his ‘Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE’ YouTube channel that he believes the Frenchman would have tried to force the move through.
Rio Ferdinand has claimed Raphael Varane told Real Madrid that he wants to leave the club
Manchester United are poised to announce the imminent arrival of Varane on a £38.5m deal
He said: ‘What a signing. There’s been talk in the transfer market since it opened up – it must have come from the player. He must have wanted to leave, and be part of the new Man United way, the project that’s going ahead.
‘With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signing a new deal, Sancho coming in – the talent they’ve got there, the ability to play alongside (Harry) Maguire after he did so well at the Euros probably played a part. I just think he sees this as a better project than what he’s got at Real Madrid now.
‘When you watch him sometimes he almost purrs, he’s got that pace, that poise. We’ve signed a genuine world-class centre back. His list of honours is ridiculous, it’s as long as my arm.
And iconic former United defender Ferdinand hailed Varane as a ‘genuine world-class’ player
‘It’s a great job by the (recruitment) people at Manchester United. United have been criticised in the past, and rightly so, for dilly-dallying in the market.
‘This one they were assertive, they went for their man and they got him. No doubt in my mind, he would have said to Real Madrid ‘I need it, I want it, I have to go.’
The World Cup winner is understood to be one of United’s top transfer targets this summer, with Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likely to play him alongside captain Harry Maguire at centre back if the deal is completed.