Rio Ferdinand sends Man Utd Harry Kane warning and spots “risk” in Victor Osimhen pursuit

Rio Ferdinand sends Man Utd Harry Kane warning and spots "risk" in Victor Osimhen pursuit

Manchester United are expected to bring in a new number nine over the summer, with Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Napoli top scorer Victor Osimhen among the names in the mix

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag previews the Fulham game

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has warned his old club a move for Victor Osimhen could carry a risk for the club, while also sharing his thoughts on the Harry Kane situation.

Osimhen and Kane are among the big-name strikers being linked with an Old Trafford switch, having both scored more than 20 goals in their respective leagues this term. However, while the Nigerian will be in line for Champions League football next term after leading Napoli to the Scudetto, England captain Kane has missed out thanks to Tottenham’s late-season slump.

Kane is about to enter the final year of his Spurs deal, suggesting a move could be secured, Ferdinand recognises the frontman comes with far more Premier League experience, but also recognises the challenge of United being forced to deal with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy at the negotiating table and feels his old club shouldn’t pay over the odds.

“A number nine is the obvious area that Man Utd need to sort out, we need to get a number in the building,’ Ferdinand said on his Five YouTube channel. ‘There are two names that keep coming up – Osimhen from Napoli and Harry Kane. Ultimately, it is down to Kane and (Tottenham chairman) Daniel Levy.

“If they both say ‘yes, we want to make it happen’, I think Man Utd get it done. The numbers can’t be ridiculous, Levy’s got to be realistic. They’ve got blood, sweat, tears, records, goals, the lot out of Harry Kane.

“Let the guy do what he needs to do now, man. Let him go on and try to compete for Champions Leagues, for championships, for cup competitions.”

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Kane and Tottenham have missed out on Champions League qualification(Getty Images)

Kane has scored 28 Premier League goals this season, second only to Erling Haaland. However, Spurs are in danger of missing out on European football, while United – despite being some way behind the champions – are at least now assured of a top four finish.

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