Rio Ferdinand has questioned the true intentions of Manchester United transfer targets Sergio Ramos and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The world class pair have been strongly linked with moves to Old Trafford this summer with The Independent understanding that Real Madrid defender Ramos is definitely a target, while in the case of Bayern Munich midfielder Schweinsteiger, there is widespread reports that he could make the move.
In both cases, there is speculation that the players are using that interest from Manchester United simply to enhance their bargaining position at their current clubs.
Ferdinand, who played for United for 12 years, has joined those expressing their concern.
If reports are correct, then @manutd signing Ramos & Bastian Schweinsteiger (spelling!) Is— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 22, 2015
Good signings was meant to say if true! Bastian & Ramos— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 22, 2015
But are they both using @ManUtd to get better deals at their current clubs? ?— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 22, 2015
He tweeted: "Are they both using Manchester United to get better deals at their current clubs?"
Ramos has two-years remaining on his current contract and is upset that it has been allowed to run down without the offer of new terms. A source close to the top of the Spanish club on Monday indicated to The Independent that the defender’s professed willingness to move to United seemed like a bluff designed to secure the player the £140,000-a-week contract he wants.
Germany international Schweinsteiger has a year to run on his deal at Bayern Munich.
Roman Abramovich is not known as a man who lets sentiment get in the way of business, few billionaires are. But the Chelsea owner has undoubtedly listened to his heart and not his head in overruling Jose Mourinho regarding Petr Cech.