Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has branded the valuations of home-grown talents such as Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane “a joke”.
The Reds are suggested to be wanting £50 million for 20-year-old Raheem Sterling after rejecting a £40 million bid from Manchester City, while Spurs look to ward off Manchester United’s interest in 21-year-old Kane with a £40 million price tag.
Ferdinand, who called time on his professional career after failing to help Queens Park Rangers avoid relegation from the English Premier League last season, has slammed these valuations, and drew comparisons with the prices paid for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who were purchased from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid respectively.
The 36-year-old said via social media: “English players are soooo [sic] overpriced right now it’s a joke!
“Kane & sterling have huge potential but 40m & 50m…aguero 38m & sanchez 32m!!!” [sic]
Ferdinand became the then-world’s most expensive defender when he joined Manchester United from Leeds United in 2002 for £29.1 million – but he was quick to highlight the difference in relative experience.
“Look at the amount of PL & CL games I had played in before the @ManUtd move…oh and a world cup! Don’t compare me please! There are others,” he added.