This summer, Manchester United and Liverpool are both гᴜmогed to be interested in signing Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice, making them two of the most sought-after players in the world of football.
Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice, among others, have been persuaded by Rio Ferdinand to reject Liverpool in favor of joining Manchester United.
When they defeated them 4-0 in April of last year, Jurgen Klopp’s team was leagues ahead of their old foes less than a year prior. Ralf Rangnick, the temporary manager of United at the time, said that it might be six years before the Red Devils caught up to Liverpool.
Yet under Erik ten Hag, United has recovered quickly, culminating in last weekend’s Carabao Cup victory at Wembley. And that rebound has come at the same time that Liverpool’s standards are dropping and their team isn’t looking as tough as it once did.
This Saturday, the two Premier League heavyweights will square off at Anfield, with United sitting 10 points ahead of the visitors. Regardless of how this season ends, the two sides will almost certainly strengthen in the upcoming summer transfer window.
This includes Bellingham and Rice of England, who appear to be headed for the center of their own individual transfer sagas at the end of the season. Bellingham and Rice have both been widely linked to moves to Merseyside, while Bellingham has also been linked to league leaders Arsenal and United.
Ferdinand, however, has informed the United midfielders that their upward trajectory makes them a more appealing option. The former Red Devils defender claimed on BBC Radio 5 Live that if you plotted the two teams on a graph, Manchester United would be moving in one direction and Liverpool would be standing still.
Although other teams are coming up to and possibly surpassing Liverpool, I wouldn’t ɑгɡue that they are in decline. Forget about my ties to Manchester United; if someone asks me, “Manchester United or Liverpool, where are you going?,” as in the case of Jude Bellingham or Declan Rice, two of the most sought-after English midfielders who could be moved this summer, I have to choose United at this very moment.
During his time at United, Ferdinand won six Premier League championships. He believes that his former side is now better-looking, has a deeper playing roster, a manager who is improving, and has a better chance of consistently winning awards.
“I truly would be sitting on the side of United,” he continued, “considering the way the club looks, the way the roster is building up, the way the managers are managing their teams’ fortunes, and who I see being more successful in the next years.”
Bellingham is swiftly establishing himself as the top player in the world at his position, so whoever signs him this summer will undoubtedly pay a high price. Sevastien Kehl, the sports director at Borussia Dortmund, is adamant about keeping him at Signal Iduna Park past the current season. Borussia Dortmund have a history of being difficult to deal with in negotiations.
In a statement to BILD last month, Kehl said, “Jude feels quite at home at Borussia Dortmund, but we haven’t had conversations yet and haven’t had bids for him.
He still has two years left on his deal and is a crucial member of this club. I naturally want he would continue to play for BVB because of this.
If Rice were to leave the London Stadium, West Ham manager David Moyes is convinced that it would cost more than the £106 million Chelsea spent for Enzo Fernandez in January.
In February, Moyes said, “I don’t know if I need to utter the words; I think you can say the words if you viewed it the way I saw it. “Declan will undoubtedly be a top player. And whenever he departs West Ham, he’ll definitely set more British transfer records.