Rio Ferdinand has taken to Twitter to scoff at the transfer fees being bandied around for England internationals Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.
Both youngsters have been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, but United—or any other suitors—would have to pay big money in order to sign the highly-rated pair.
Writing on his @rioferdy5 account, the former England captain Ferdinand—who announced his retirement from football at the end of the season [ManUtd.com]—has condemned the valuations that have been placed on the Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur talents, particularly compared to some of their other Premier League counterparts.
English players are soooo overpriced right now it’s a joke! Kane & sterling have huge potential but 40m & 50m…aguero 38m & sanchez 32m!!!
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 20, 2015
While both England internationals have been heavily linked with a transfer this summer, it remains to be seen whether their suitors will be able to or want to raise the funds required to prompt a move.
Bayern Munich ended their interest in wantaway Liverpool forward Sterling after talks broke down [Express], while the likes of Real Madrid [Daily Mail], Arsenal [The Sun] and Chelsea [Sky Sports] have also been linked to the attacker.
Manchester City are favourites for the youngster, but having had both a £25 million bid and a £40 million bid rejected by the Reds [via Sky Sports], it remains to be seen whether the Citizens will meet Liverpool’s £50 million asking price.
United have also been linked to the England international [The Guardian], but it remains to be seen whether Louis van Gaal would sanction such a pricey move for a player who scored only seven goals and contributed only seven assists in the EPL last term.
Kane-another United target [BBC]-is coming off the back of a much more successful campaign, having scored 21 goals and contributed four assists in 34 outings in the top flight.
However, despite making a positive start to his international career as well, it would be a big ask for Kane to replicate his magnificent campaign again next term. It would certainly represent a risk for United should they spend £40 million to acquire his services.