Rio Ferdinand gives the inside track of David Beckham’s interest in the Man United bid, as he reveals the former team-mate ‘will come with a consortium of deep-pocketed people’ – after sitting side by side in England’s World Cup stalemate with the United States
Rio Ferdinand has backed David Beckham’s apparent bid to buy Manchester United from the Glazer family.
The Glazers put the Red Devils on the market earlier this week, and there is no lack of interest from the club despite expectations it will cost billions of pounds to complete any form of deal.
Beckham has reportedly expressed an interest in opening talks, and Ferdinand, via GOAL, has insisted on his YouTube channel FIVE that the ex-midfielder will ‘come with a consortium’ in a bid to take over the club.
David Beckham has been linked with a mega deal to buy former club Manchester United
The Glazers, who have spent the last 17 years at Old Trafford, put United up for sale this week
“I saw Becks last night at the game,” Ferdinand began in reference to the Three Lions’ draw with the United States. “I went to the game against England and we were sitting next to each other.
“He smelled good, looked beautiful. He looked like a million dollars, as he normally does. He didn’t look like he was worth 10 billion dollars! Becks will come with a consortium.
“When you mention the name of someone like Becks, obviously he’s a co-owner of Inter Miami, but he’s not coming [alone]. It’s not his money. It’s not him in terms of putting his hand in his pocket. It comes with a consortium. It comes with people who have deep pockets who have the capacity to go and execute a deal like that.
That’s how he’s going to approach it, and rightly so. I just think it’s going to come down to one number. If you have the numbers and can produce, that’s what it’s going to be.
Beckham’s history with United and his relationship with the Old Trafford faithful could tip the vote in favor of who he might choose to partner with.
Beckham made 394 appearances for Manchester United’s first team, scoring 85 goals
The former England captain is said to be more open than ever to discussing a deal as United have confirmed their US owners are open to selling the club.
Other investors such as Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Apple and Amancio Ortega have also been linked to moves to buy the club.
The sale would come after the Glazers’ 17-year reign, during which they enjoyed much success that has plummeted over the past decade, contributing to several fans turning against them.