Chelsea legend John Terry has complimented Manchester United for their capture of World Cup winner Raphael Varane, the Frenchman set to officially seal his move in the coming days.
The Red Devils are still waiting to announce that the move has been completed, with the Real Madrid man having seen his arrival delayed by paperwork issues and a required quarantine.
Nevertheless, the deal – which is believed to be worth an initial £34m – is expected to be confirmed sooner rather than later, the 28-year-old set to bolster a defence that has looked a weak link in recent seasons.
While both Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire enjoyed impressive seasons last term, the United skipper appeared in need of a suitable, top-class centre-back partner, with both Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof failing to convince that they can nail down that role in recent years.
The fact the club have been able to prize the four-time Champions League winner from the Spanish capital is a major coup, United having previously been close to signing the defender as a teenager back in 2011, before he ultimately opted to move to the Bernabeu.
Although he will be absent from their opening weekend clash with Leeds United, Varane is likely to come straight into the team over the coming weeks, offering a huge boost to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ahead of the new campaign.
According to Chelsea legend John Terry, United’s new man will ‘hit the ground running’ in the Premier League when he is involved, while the former England captain also expects Varane to form a ‘great relationship’ with new teammate Maguire, as he himself had at Stamford Bridge with Ricardo Carvalho.
“I think it’s a natural one for people to say that it will take time for players to adapt,” Terry told Stadium Astro.
“But when you’ve played at the level and kind of competition that he’s played at – winning the World Cup, Champions Leagues – he’ll hit the ground running I’m sure of that.
“I think from the outside watching Man United from afar, that’s been the key area I think they’ve been missing over the last few years so it’s good to see them dip into the market and get such a top player.
“I think him and Harry (Maguire) will have a great relationship together. It kind of reminds me of myself and Carvalho, if I’m honest.
“The kind of Rolls-Royce that Varane is and how good Harry is on the ball and aggressive as well. So I think they’ll be a great combination together and, like I say, it will definitely strengthen them moving forward.
“But Varane is a top, top player and I’m looking forward to seeing how he does in the league this year.”
United take on bitter rivals Leeds on Saturday afternoon at Old Trafford.