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Rio Ferdinand dissects Man United's signing of Casemiro, highlights some big problems

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Man United are on the verge of completing a deal for Casemiro in a transfer worth up to £70 million.

The Brazilian brings experience and a winning mentality to Man United, having won a number of trophies – including the prestigious Champions League an incredible five times.

However, despite the player’s proven pedigree – Ferdinand isn’t completely convinced about the transfer as he picked out a few problems.

He made reference to Casemiro’s transfer fee, his age, resale value and the adjustment to a team that is struggling in all areas.

Speaking on his YouTube channel FIVE, the former Man United defender exclaimed: “Is he overpriced? Yes.

“Are there negatives? Yes there are. Obviously the age, 30 years old. I wouldn’t say that’s a massive negative but I think if you’re talking from a business standpoint there’s gonna be zero resale value.

“So, it’s £60m, plus £10m add-ons, and then obviously you bounce on top of that the wages. So, you’re probably looking somewhere near £100m – if you get change out of that, you will be lucky.

“In a time when we don’t have the finances, it doesn’t seem we can bring big players we have put it all into him. So, he needs to work.

“To come from Spain for Casemiro into a team that is absolutely bereft of any confidence, is absolutely struggling in all areas, tactically especially, physically, mentally.

“I think it’s going to be a huge ask for a 30-year-old to come in, recharge, reboot and go again.”

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

Ferdinand, though, also highlighed the positive aspects of Casemiro’s move to Man United, describing the midfielder as a ‘real winner’.

He added: “First and foremost, the guy’s a real winner, he knows how to win, he’s been integral in everything positive about Real Madrid in recent years.

“[He has been] one of the main guys alongside the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema. Cristiano [Ronaldo] before that.

“When the big games come along, this guy performs. He knows what he’s doing, he’s there.”

Casemiro could make his Man United debut next weekend at Southampton, with the Red Devils hoping to complete the transfer before their game against Liverpool on Monday.

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