RIO FERDINAND reckons signing Declan Rice or Saul Niguez would give Manchester United a major boost following their Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho swoops.
And the Old Trafford hero believes his old side needs more options to choose from for the middle of the pitch.
Rio Ferdinand reckons Declan Rice could make a “massive addition” to Man United’s squadCredit: Getty
Sancho, 21 and Varane, 28, are United’s latest summer additions with the club splashing an eye-watering £115million on the former Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid aces.
West Ham skipper Rice, 22, and Atletico ace Niguez, 26, have both been linked with possible switches to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
And Niguez helped his club seal their eleventh LaLiga title – and their second in seven years – after making 33 top-flight appearances last term.
On his FIVE channel on Youtube, Ferdinand, 42, said: “I think if the right player becomes available for the right price, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go and get him.
“The problem is who is out there and who could be a good fit?
“Saul Niguez would be a perfect fit and he’s asking price was £160 million a couple of years ago, now it’s more like £40-50m.
“I think Declan Rice would be a massive addition to this squad. I’m a massive fan of his. I would love to see him keep progressing.
“He was brilliant for England in the summer. I think if West Ham keep him they’ve done unbelievably well.
“I think he does well staying at West Ham or if he goes.”
Ferdinand enjoyed a trophy-laden 12-year spell in Manchester from 2002 to 2014 winning 16 pieces of silverware.
The former Three Lions ace’s honours include four Prem titles and a Champions League crown.
The retired centre-back’s side, who face Southampton next, are targeting a title charge this season.
And the club could be asked to fork out around £80million for Rice should they decide to swoop for the England star whose contract runs out in June 2024.
It is also thought Niguez could cost United £41million if they were to attempt to sign the LaLiga player.
And Red Devils gaffer Solskjaer is yet to rule out the possibility of additional summer buys.
After the club’s 5-1 against Leeds on Saturday the United boss said: “I can’t say we’re going to do more.
“‘I think anything from now is a bonus. You never know in football, but that would be a bonus.”
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