Rio Ferdinand believes Newcastle’s new owners should break the bank to sign Manchester United star Jesse Lingard and long-time transfer target Declan Rice, as well as Raheem Sterling.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund finally secured a controversial deal to buy the Magpies last week and are now the wealthiest owners in world football, with the club expected to invest heavily over the coming years.
Ferdinand believes they must set their sights as high as possible and would look to bring in Rice – who is wanted by both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel – and Sterling before raiding the top-four for fringe players.
‘I’d be going to try and make like a mad couple of signings, like huge, that I think would be gettable,’ Ferdinand said on his YouTube show Vibe with Five.
‘I’d be looking at people like Raheem Sterling. Raheem Sterling’s not playing regularly, I’d go ask him the question. I’d go and ask Declan Rice, “What’s going on?”
‘Them two would be the first two on my list, and I’d go all out to go and get them. And then I’d be trying to get people like Jesse Lingard, who’s in and around the Man United squad.’
He continued: ‘It’s unrealistic until you ask the question. I’d be going out there to get answers from these types of players and then you work your way down your list.
‘[Kylian Mbappe] is just dreamland, but there’s people that would be on the periphery of the Man United squad, the Chelsea squad, the City squad. I’d be looking at players like that, I’d be all over those types of players.
‘And then I’d be wanting to unearth some young talents probably from around the world that you think would be able to mix and blend in to that.’
He added: ‘Do you know who I’d go out and get now as well? I’d be going mad for young, English talent. The best young, English talent.
‘Max Aarons, the right-back at Norwich, Under-21 player. Conor Gallagher, straight in there. Get him in there. They’re two names, straight away, young kids who I’d say they’re coming into Newcastle. I want young, English talent. Newcastle are an English club, I’d want a young core of English players.’
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