Following a £70 million signing with Real Madrid, the Brazilian midfielder signed a four-year deal with an additional year’s option.

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The 30-year-old had an incredible nine-year run at Real during which he won five Champions League medals, the 2014 Copa del Rey, and three LaLiga titles.

The Brazilian international’s advanced age, low resale value, mobility, and lack of Premier League experience, in Ferdinand’s opinion, could work against United.

The legendary defender told his Vibe podcast: “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.”

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Ferdinand, however, is adamant that Casemiro’s arrival has advantages as well.

The former England international thinks the Brazilian’s experience, winning attitude, Real success, and technical acumen can help United.

Ferdinand 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.

“There’s no thrills with him. He isn’t a stepover merchant, he isn’t a skills man, 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 are 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.”


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