Manchester United officially confirmed the signing of Casemiro from Real Madrid on Friday. The 30-year-old Brazilian
signed a four-year contract with an option to extend beyond 2026.
The Brazilian international is expected to earn £350,000 a week at Manchester United. The Red Devils missed the deadline to register him for the Liverpool game.
Casemiro comes with a rich vine of experience of competing at the top level. The 30-year-old formed one of the best midfielders in history with Toni Kros and Luka Modric for close to 7 years. Casemiro won five Champions, five UEFA super cups, four FIFA club world cups, and three La Liga.
Despite his experience, Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United was overpriced and with his age, he may struggle to adapt quickly at Manchester United.
What did Rio Ferdinand say about the Manchester signing of Casemiro?
Reacting to the signing of Casemiro of his Youtube channel Vibe with Five, Rio Ferdinand said: “Is he overpriced? Yes.
“Are there negatives? Yes, there are. Obviously, the age is 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 a 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.”
Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand expressed excitement for Manchester United signing a proven winner.
“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.
“There’s no thrills with him. He isn’t a stepover merchant, he isn’t a skills man, and he isn’t someone who wants to get the fans off their seats with a bit of skill.
“He’s there to do a job that means that the team is better off, they run more efficiently, they’re going to have a chance of winning because he’s in the team.
“He’s first and foremost a team football player, which I love about him. If there’s a battle, he’s a man you want on your side.”