Arsenal legend and former Premier League winner Sol Campbell has named Real Madrid superstar Raphael Varane as his dream signing for the Gunners in this summer’s transfer window.
Mikel Arteta and Edu are on the verge of completing a deal for Ben White in the coming days. That should fill the void we have at the back, but Campbell believes that there’s room for one more centre-back.
The former Gunners star has claimed that he wants Edu and Arteta to make a move for Varane, who is about to leave Real Madrid. The Frenchman is expected to be available for a fee less than what we’re paying for White as well, and Campbell believes that he would be brilliant for us.
Sol Campbell: Arsenal should sign Raphael Varane
Asked about his dream signing for Arsenal this summer, he said on TalkSport (Monday, 11:00 am): “It’s got to be Varane.
“What he’s won in the game, what experience he brings. He can teach the other guys around him. He’s young enough, he’s had a wonderful career at Real Madrid. Bring him in! Bring in quality with experience.
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“Forget about the price tag he is going to command. If you want to build, you bring Ben White in, but you also bring Varane in.”
The Insider’s View:
Every club in the world would love a player like Varane, who has won almost everything in his career already. However, Arsenal were never in the running for him and it looks like the Real Madrid man is on his way to Manchester United.
Should that dishearten Arsenal fans? Not really. Yes, Varane is an outstanding player, but Edu’s transfer policy at the moment is to bring in players under the age of 24. The Frenchman is 28 already, and although he’s a world-class defender, there’s no point in being disappointed about him heading to Old Trafford.
White is an excellent defender in his own right and he is almost guaranteed to have a fine career. Arsenal fans should be glad that we’re signing the Englishman and we really hope that he makes a huge difference for us in the Premier League next season.