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Rio Ferdinand reveals surprise Chelsea player that would be his ‘dream signing’ for Manchester United this summer

The Manchester United legend offered an odd option

Rio Ferdinand has revealed that defender Levi Colwill would be his dream signing for Manchester United this summer when quizzed on centre-back options for his former club.

Speaking on his podcast, the Manchester United legend identified the youngster as the man that he would want to see join Erik ten Hag’s side this summer, despite Colwill having yet to make his senior debut with Chelsea.

The 21-year-old enjoyed an excellent loan spell with Brighton last campaign, and the Seagulls have tabled two club record bids to try and bring him back to the south coast on a permanent deal, but Chelsea have turned down their latest £40m offer and want to keep him at the club next season.

With a debut pending in pre-season, they also want to offer him a new contract, with Colwill’s current deal set to expire in 2025 as thing stand.

Should he reject that though, it could open up an opportunity, and Ferdinand feels that Manchester United would be silly to miss out.

“If I could get him, my dream one [centre-back] would be [Levi] Colwill. But I think Chelsea are going to keep him. I think they’ve seen how good he is now”, he explained on his Youtube channel.

Manchester United and Chelsea are in talks at present, but it is over a deal for English midfielder Mason Mount rather than Colwill, with the Red Devils having seen a £40m bid rejected for the 24-year-old and set to return with a second offer in the coming days.

Mount has been earmarked as the no.1 target to improve Ten Hag’s midfield, and it is believed that he has already agreed personal terms over a move to Old Trafford, meaning that a deal should proceed quickly when a fee is agreed between the two clubs.

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Ben Browning

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