Manchester United’s move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has earned the seal of approval from former Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher.
That is because the Sky Sports pundit, speaking six years ago, admitted that “nothing would excite him more” than seeing the France international make the move to the Premier League.
Varane, who helped France win the Fifa World Cup back in 2018, is on the cusp of completing a move to United after the Old Trafford outfit agreed a deal with Madrid to bolster their central-defensive options.
United have settled on a fee that could amount to £43million depending on how well he performs at Old Trafford — with just a medical and the final agreement on personal terms to be completed.
His arrival at Old Trafford will significantly bolster United’s defensive options, as well as ticking off another box on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s to-do list, as the Norwegian looks to complete another impressive summer capture following Jadon Sancho’s transfer.
With United supporters understandably excited about Varane, his switch to the Premier League should also greatly excite Carragher.
That is, if the former Liverpool ace’s praise for both him and former Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin from several years ago still stands.
“Varane is a Rolls Royce who could become the world’s best,” Carragher told the Daily Mail back then.
“Godin is a player who would have no qualms over tackling his own grandmother to keep a clean sheet. He plays with that pure South American grit.
“With the new television deal about to kick in, we’re going to hear stories of clubs linked with Gareth Bale, Paul Pogba and Marco Reus and of course they would be welcome additions [in England].
“[However] nothing would excite me more than the arrivals of Godin and Varane.”
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