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Man Utd legend Ferdinand: Bellingham fee could be well spent in ten years

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has backed the club to sign Jude Bellingham.

The Birmingham City midfielder, 16, is wanted by United and Borussia Dortmund.

Ferdinand said: "Man United's hopes for Jude Bellingham boosted because a few other clubs have said that they're not going to be doing transfers during a period where there's uncertainty around coronavirus.

"Hopefully that let's Man United in the back door and take him – unless we're at the front of queue already.

"Jude Bellingham: Huge talent. Huge talent. Really good-looking footballer in the way he plays, the balance, the poise he's got, the maturity at such a young age. I want to see more.

"But you're buying this kid, the price tag is phenomenal, £30million for a kid, for a 16-year-old boy. It's unbelievable. But it's the way of the world now, and the way you've got to think about it is: if you're paying £30m and we keep him for 10 years it's money well spent.

"It's a gamble, it's an expensive gamble, but the kid – if you're playing in the Championship and doing what he's doing and looking the player he is – it's a gamble, yeah, but a calculated one.

"I think he's someone I would 100% take. If I'm Man United now, go in and get him. You can understand why the likes of Borussia Dortmund are trying to get him, trying to take him. The kid seems to me to have it all."

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