MLS side linked with Ferdinand
Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire are reportedly preparing an audacious bid for Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand, 32, has suffered a torrid time with injuries over recent seasons, his importance to both club and country diminished by the emergence in his absence of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
Ferdinand’s £120,000 per weekly wages are reportedly no object for Chicago, who are willing not just to match them, but raise them with added commercial incentives.
Every club in the MLS is allowed one marquee player who can break the strict wage cap of the league, and Chicago hope Ferdinand can be their star-turn much in the same way as his former teammate David Beckham has been at Los Angeles Galaxy.
The American soccer league has been the traditional retirement home of many a world famous footballer.
From Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller in the 1970s NASL, to Juan Pablo Angel, Thierry Henry and Beckham in the rebranded MLS, a highly-remunerated sinecure in America has tempted many a high-profile footballer in the past.
With his career winding down, and a recent humbling in the British courts to live down, who’s to say Rio Ferdinand won’t be the next?
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