Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand could move to the Emirates at the end of his contract this summer, it has emerged. Arsene Wenger is said to be interested in the veteran who would bring a wealth of experience to the Arsenal backline. Man United is yet to offer him a contract and Ferdinand has ruled out the prospect of retiring by season’s end.
He said: ‘I feel fit, I feel healthy, I feel good. I’m enjoying my football so I’ll definitely be playing for another year, hopefully two or three more. But I’ll take it year by year and hopefully another year.
‘I’m happy here, I love playing football. United’s been great for me, it’s enabled my dreams to come true and a lot of things in football for me.
‘So I have to respect whatever decision the club do, and I’ll do what’s best by the club.’
Ferdinand fell out of favour under the David Moyes regime but has started both games since interim manager Ryan Giggs took over. Giggs, 40 said he would love to see both Ferdinand and fellow veteran Patrice Evra remain at Old Trafford but it is not his call to make. No one knows who the prospective new manager Louis van Gaal has in his plans.
QPR are also reportedly interested in the 35-year old Ferdinand, as well as LA Galaxy and Turkish clubs Galatasaray and Besisktas.
The Englishman would only be a short-term option for the Gunners but he would be a good one as he is known for his cool demeanor under pressure as well as his ability to carry the ball out of the defence. Ferdinand is an excellent ball passer and while he has lost some of his pace, he makes up for it with intelligent defensive positioning and anticipation.
Another plus for Arsenal will be the fact that Ferdinand is not going to the World Cup, meaning that the defender will be fully rested for the new season in August. Ferdinand would probably command a salary of over 100,000 pounds but then, he’ll be coming for free so I don’t see why not.