Rio Ferdinand wants Manchester United to replace Paul Pogba with Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez if the Frenchman is sold in the next transfer window.
Pogba was reported to be keen to leave Old Trafford this summer after two years of trying to get away from the club which re-signed him from Juventus for £89million in 2016.
Pogba recently talked positively about coming back and winning trophies after an injury-hit season and it’s not certain that he will leave this summer.
If the France international does exit in the next transfer window then Ferdinand wants to see Man Utd go for Atletico’s Niguez, who was linked with a £135m move to Old Trafford on Monday.
Ferdinand told a live Q&A on Instagram: “I don’t want Pogba to go but if he does go I’d take Saul Niguez all day long. Not like-for-like but still a top player.
“What a player. I’ve been harping on about Saul Niguez for a few years now.
“I think he’s a major player. Composed, calm, great left foot, lovely conductor, he can score goals, tactically he’s very aware. You can see Simeone, he gets his teams really well set up and he’s in the middle orchestrating and dictating things.”
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