Ferdinand urges United to pursue Haaland and Kane alternative

Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Manchester United should pursue Dominic Calvert-Lewin as an alternative to signing Harry Kane or Erling Haaland.

This summer, the expectation is that United will likely be in the market for a prolific striker, especially given the uncertainty surrounding Edinson Cavani’s desire to return to South America.

Rio Ferdinand backs Calvert-Lewin

Kane and Haaland are the two names that are regularly featured in this discussion but with there being so much interest in both, it could be tough for the Red Devils to get a deal over the finish line.

As such, Rio Ferdinand has used his Vibe With FIVE podcast to put forward another suggestion – Everton’s DCL.

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“Listen Dominic Calvert-Lewin for me I love him,” Ferdinand said. “I’ve watched a lot of Everton this year and he’s one that unnerves defenders. 

“He’s not one you want to play against week in, week out. He’s aggressive, he attacks the ball. I was speaking to Carlo Ancelotti earlier this year and he mentioned Inzaghi and said he didn’t need many chances to score goals and he scores goals in and around the six-yard box. 

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“I look at Calvert-Lewin this season and he’s listened to that, he’s taken that on board. Obviously he seems a real good student of the game and he’s started putting that into his own game. 

“We’ve seen the rewards he’s had he’s got into the England squad by scoring loads of goals in and around the six-yard box – scoring those ugly goals.”

Calvert-Lewin has scored 14 goals in 26 Premier League appearances this season.

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“I think he’d be a fantastic signing for Manchester United. It’s one out of left field a little bit but I think he’d have a big impact. He’d get on the end of the things created by Fernandes, Pogba, Rashford, Greenwood etc.

“It’s whether Ole sees that as something that is feasible or am I not going to get the likes of Haaland or Kane? If either of those come up they’ll be first choice as long as the money is not crazy and it’s doable.”

Given the huge fees that will almost definitely be involved with any moves for Kane and Haaland, could Calvert-Lewin provide a cheaper, yet incredibly effective alternative direction?

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