Rio Ferdinand claims he has text Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane to convince him to make the move to Man Utd amid transfer speculation.
The Red Devils seem to be serious about bringing the France international to Old Trafford this summer with the club’s transfer team proritising him over Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.
A report in Spanish newspaper Sport yesterday claimed that Varane had now ‘given his word’ to Man Utd over a potential transfer as the Premier League side continue to negotiate a fee with Real.
It has been reported in recent weeks that Man Utd are ‘close to finalising’ a deal for Varane and that he wants to get a deal sorted before he joins Real for pre-season training.
And during a Q&A on Instagram Ferdinand was asked if he could text Varane in an attempt to convince the 28-year-old to join the Red Devils.
Ferdinand replied: “Already have done. Agent Ferdy.”
The former Man Utd defender later recorded his ‘Vibe with Five’ YouTube channel on which he spoke about the potential arrival of Varane and the impact on Harry Maguire.
Ferdinand said: “He brings an absolute winning mentality. I think he’s played in 14 finals and won 14. So there’s an absolute winning mentality, he knows how to win, he’s got great experience and he’s an unbelievable specimen by the way.
“I’ve been saying alongside Maguire he needs someone with some pace the way Man United play.
“When I’ve seen Man United in problems and in trouble in games, a lot of the time teams have been given a bit of confidence or seen a chink in the armour of Man United when they see they can get people one v one or play the ball over the defence, into one of the channels and then it’s a race.
“We haven’t had the players quick enough to do that in the centre-back areas. If you get someone like him, people start thinking ‘well we ain’t gonna play the ball over the top cos Varane is gonna eat that up.’ Someone like him, he’ll bring that authority I hope to the back line.”