Danny Mills' scathing Raphael Varane assessment as he questions Man Utd move
Danny Mills has cast doubt on whether Raphael Varane can keep pace with the "intensity" of the Premier League as he nears a move to Manchester United.
Varane, 28, is expected to join the Red Devils for a fee in the region of £43million as Real Madrid look to cash in on a player with less than 12 months on his contract.
The Frenchman is expected to form a fearsome centre-back partnership with Harry Maguire and he will hope to add to his jam-packed trophy cabinet with United.
But while Varane has won four Champions League titles and the World Cup, Mills questions whether he is "robust" enough to cut it in the English top flight.
"If all those other teams [in the Premier League] are getting stronger, they're more likely to take points off Manchester United as well," the former Manchester City and England right-back told talkSPORT .
"Their away record, Manchester United, was superb [last season], wasn't it? I don't think that's going to be the same [in the coming season] with fans back in grounds and everything else that's happening.
"So, yes he's a good signing. But was it the right signing?
"You know, Varane is a good player, but again we don't know what he's gonna be like, how robust he's gonna be in the Premier League week in, week out."
Varane has also won three La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey once, while he has amassed 360 appearances during a decade-long spell with Los Blancos.
But Mills believes a great deal of his success in the Spanish capital is down to playing alongside the legendary Sergio Ramos in defence.
The 44-year-old also played down the competitiveness of La Liga, adding: "He's (Varane's) used to playing eight-ish tough games a season apart from the Champions League.
"Him and Ramos can get through games at the back for Real Madrid with a cigar on. You can't do that in the Premier League.
"Every single foreign player that comes in - and I think [Kai] Havertz said that, Timo Werner said that - they went, 'wow, we didn't realise the intensity of every single game'."
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Meanwhile, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quizzed on his side's strong link with Varane after the 2-1 friendly victory at Derby County on Sunday.
But the Norwegian refused to be drawn and simply replied: "I will talk about players when we sign them, not while they’re at another club."
United are expected to unveil the £73million arrival of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund imminently after the winger passed his medical last week.