Rio Ferdinand has been speaking about the Saudi takeover on Tyneside this week, naming a few Premier League players he believed the new owners should be targeting.
The BT Sport pundit believes Man City’s Raheem Sterling, West Ham’s Declan Rice and Man Utd’s Jesse Lingard are three we should go “all out” to sign.
Sterling and Lingard have both been struggling for game time in Manchester this season, while Declan Rice has been tipped to leave West Ham for a few years.
Interesting that all three are England internationals, not to mention Premier League stars who’d cost well over £100m between them, yet Ferdinand feels they’d be worth checking out now we’re the richest club on the planet.
Here’s what he had to say when speaking on his Youtube channel yesterday:
“I would be going to try and make a mad couple of signings.
“Raheem Sterling’s not playing regular. I would go and ask him the question. I would go and ask Declan Rice. What’s going on?
“Them two would be the first two on my list. And I would go all out to get them.
“Then I would go all out to get Jesse Lingard.”
Lingard is a realistic January target – he was at West Ham last season and needs a move away from Old Trafford to reignite his career – but can we really attract Sterling and Rice so soon?
I have my doubts, but they know what they say about transfers these days – money talks.
Elsewhere, Ferdinand named Antonio Conte as the dream choice he’d be looking at to replace Steve Bruce.
You can watch his thoughts on the Saudi takeover below: