Rio Ferdinand, former Manchester United defender and club legend, has urged his former club to sign Everton defender John Stones in the summer. He also believes that Stones would be foolish to join Chelsea.
Stones has been linked with a move to Chelsea, but Everton have resisted all temptations thrown at them by rejected two bids from the Premier League champions.
Chelsea have lodged two bids already, both rejected, but the London club are willing to tempt Everton’s resolve with a massive £32m bid for the Englishman.
Manchester United are seemingly interested in Stones, and Ferdinand believes his former club would be well-advised to put in a bid.
“If he goes to Man United, he plays every week so that’s the right club for him,” Ferdinand said as quoted by The Guardian. “If he goes to Chelsea, he’s not playing every week. He’s at that stage of his development where he wants to play every week. If you say to any young footballer to leave a club to sit on the bench, you’ve got to be a lunatic. You have to be.”
Ferdinand while speaking at a BT Sports event to launch the Broadcaster’s football coverage for the coming season, said United need to add a quality defender this summer.
“He’s very good on the ball”, Ferdinand added. “I took a real interest in him and watched him at Loftus Road against Bobby Zamora, who gave most centre-halves problems last season physically, and he handled Bobby well, and that physical element. That was one of the areas that I hadn’t really seen him under pressure with and he looked up for that battle. With all the other stuff he’s got, he’s got a real good chance.”
Manchester United have been linked with a move for Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, but the interest has somewhat cooled off, as fresh reports emerging for the Spanish press that the Spain defender will sign a new contract with Los Blancos.
In case, United fail to sign Ramos, which is a high possibility, the club could turn their attention to Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi. Stones would be a good option for the Red Devils, but it will take a massive offer to force Everton into agreeing to a deal for the England defender.