Rio Ferdinand tells Manchester United to prioritise a centre-back ahead of Harry Kane move this summer

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Rio Ferdinand says it would be ‘nice’ if Harry Kane joined Manchester United, but insists that signing a centre-back is the priority this summer.

Kane, 27, has reportedly informed Tottenham that he wants to leave the north London club in the upcoming transfer window, with the prolific striker yet to win a major trophy at Spurs.

United, Chelsea and Manchester City are among the clubs said to have contacted the England captain’s representatives to register their interest but he would not come cheap.

But Red Devils legend Ferdinand believes centre-back should be the ‘first position’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to be looking at strengthening this summer.

‘They need to recruit well in this window in the right areas,’ Ferdinand told Goal.

‘I think they need a centre-back, a right winger and maybe even a centre-forward.’

‘It would be nice wouldn’t it,’ Ferdinand added on a possible United move for Kane.

‘But my first position to buy would be centre-back.’

United finished second in the 2020/21 campaign, 12 points behind champions City and five points in front of rivals Liverpool.

And Ferdinand feels that given the progress United have made, Solskjaer’s side have now moved ahead of the Reds.

‘I think in the league we’ve got what we wanted, which was an improvement,’ the ex-England centre-back said.

‘I think Man United at the end of last season finished 30-odd points behind Liverpool. Liverpool are now behind us and they’ll have their excuses and reasons why but the cold facts are that we have gained that much ground on them that we’ve gone past them this season.

‘That shows vast improvement and we’re second in the league.

‘By no means are we the finished article but I think at the beginning of the season if you’d said you’d finish second in the league from where we were I think they’d have snapped your hand off.’

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