Rio Ferdinand: United should break bank for La Liga stars

Date published: Friday 27th January 2017 11:15

Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United should sign Wales star Gareth Bale and France forward Antoine Griezmann this summer. 

Bale, 27, was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier in the season, but the talk ended after the Real Madrid star put pen to paper on a new deal earlier this season to remain at the Bernabeu until 2022.

However, reports this week suggested United and Chelsea were eyeing a world-record £172million summer swoop for the former Tottenham ace.

And former United captain Ferdinand believes Jose Mourinho should flex his financial muscles to secure the services of the Wales talisman – as well as signing up Atletico Madrid’s Griezmann.

When asked by Squawka which of the two United should sign, Ferdinand said: “Manchester United have got the money, I’d go get both.

“They’re great players but I don’t think they’re comparable to be honest. They’re different players.

“Gareth could play anywhere across the front-line. He’d be effective anywhere – from the right to the left, central.

“Griezmann obviously [would play] as the number nine, but right now might be too early. (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic is banging in goals.

“If they became available, Manchester United have to be in that.”

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