Rio Ferdinand sends private text to Raphael Varane over Man Utd transfer

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has sent a private text to Raphael Varane over a transfer.

The Red Devils have made the Frenchman’s move from Real Madrid their top priority, having agreed a £72m for Jadon Sancho at the start of the month.

Talks appear to be progressing well, with the Spanish giants reportedly dropping the 28-year-old’s price while the centre-back has given his word to the club.

And Ferdinand, who won six Premier League titles and a Champions League marshalling United’s defence, says he has played his role in convincing Varane to join.

Asked during a Q&A session if he had contact Varane with a text, the 42-year-old simply said: “Already have done. Agent Ferdy.”

The former defender has described the Frenchman as “world class”, identifying the problem he will solve for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Speaking on his podcast Vibe with FIVE, Ferdinand said: “He brings an absolute winning mentality, I think he’s played in 14 finals and won 14

“He knows how to win, he’s got great experience. He’s an unbelievable specimen as well, he’s quick as they come.

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“I’ve been saying, alongside [Harry] Maguire he needs someone with pace, the way that Man United play. They need some pace.

“When I’ve seen Man United have problems and in trouble in games, a lot of the times teams have been given a vote of confidence or they’ve seen a chink in the armour of Man United, when they can get people one versus one or play the ball over the defence or over the press into one of the channels then it’s a race.

“We haven’t got the players quick enough to be able to do that in the centre-back areas.

“If we get someone like him, people start thinking, ‘we ain’t going to play the ball over the top because Varane will eat that up’.”

Solskjaer will hope the arrival of Varane from Real will help them build on their defensive performance last season, conceding 68 goals in 62 games.

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