Rio Ferdinand's Newcastle takeover verdict is bad news for Chelsea and Arsenal's transfer plans

By Lewis Pangratiou

Newcastle United now have the financial muscle to compete with anyone in the transfer market.

The Saudi-backed takeover of the club was finalised last week, bringing an end to 14 years of Mike Ashley as owner.

Although Newcastle will be focused on improving their position in the Premier League, everybody in football is intrigued to see how they’ll approach the upcoming January transfer window, including Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, who thinks they should target two big signings in Raheem Sterling and Declan Rice.

The England duo have been linked with respective moves to Arsenal and Chelsea in recent weeks, but neither club are close to agreeing anything concrete with Manchester City or West Ham, and Newcastle could well spoil their reported plans.

“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, via the Metro.

“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?'

“Those 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.”

Ferdinand thinks that the above transfers aren’t unrealistic, and that Newcastle have the necessary tools to build an exciting squad.

“It’s unrealistic until you ask the question," he said. "I’d be going out there to get answers from these types of players and then you work your way down your list.”

He continued by explaining that they should also target some of the upcoming England stars, including Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher.

“Do you know who I’d go out and get now as well? I’d be going mad for young, English talent," Ferdinand added. "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.”

Ferdinand may not be in charge of the Magpies’ transfer policy, but whoever is will have the important job of identifying the type of talent they want in the short term.


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