Rio Ferdinand names the two centre-backs he'd sign for Manchester United

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he would sign centre-backs Marquinhos from PSG and Ronald Araujo from Barcelona to improve the Reds’ defence.

Out of the sides currently placed in the top half of the Premier League table, only Southampton (45) have conceded more goals than the Reds (40).

Premier League leaders Manchester City have the stingiest defence in the top-flight with just 18 goals conceded from 29 matches.

But despite signing World Cup winner Raphael Varane, who has struggled with injuries, and having the world’s most expensive defender in Harry Maguire, the Reds have looked vulnerable and flaky at the back.

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With Eric Bailly and Phil Jones likely to leave in the summer in a pursuit for regular first team football, the Red Devils may look to bolster their centre-back options by going big once again in the transfer window.

Ferdinand was asked on the latest FIVE podcast which two centre-backs he’d look to bring to Old Trafford and he named Paris Saint Germain captain Marquinhos and Barcelona’s talented defender Araujo.

“I would sign Marquinhos,’ the former United defender said on Vibe with Five ‘[and] I would sign the Uruguayan at Barcelona [Araujo].”

Marquinhos has been playing his football in the French capital for nine years following his move from Roma.

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At the age of 27, the Brazilian international is entering his prime years and he could be a blockbuster addition to potentially partner Varane.

But with the French giants once again failing to deliver the elusive Champions League the club’s owners so badly crave, Marquinhos may feel he has unfinished business at the Parc des Princes.

Whereas, Araujo is out-of-contract with the Catalan giants in June 2023 and has attracted the attention of several top European clubs with his recent performances, including Manchester United.

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The Spanish giants want to tie the talented 23-year-old defender down to a new deal, but negotiations have dragged on throughout the season.

Spanish newspaper Sport reports that the lack of breakthrough with the club and the Uruguayan’s representatives has alerted United and Paris Saint-Germain to his potential availability, and a summer bid to test Barcelona’s resolve could be lodged.

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