Chicago Fire will reportedly approach Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand proposing a potential switch to Major League Soccer.

According to the Daily Mail, the American team want to make Ferdinand the 'new David Beckham' of the MLS, following the latter signing for LA Galaxy in 2007.

Ferdinand is out of contract with United at the end of next season and, due to lower US tax rates, Chicago are likely to be able to match the 33-year-old's current wages.

The United centre-back has made only 48 appearances for the Old Trafford club since October 2009 due to persistent injury troubles and could now be offered a fresh start elsewhere.


Ferdinand is said to already be aware of the interest from Chicago and has not ruled out leaving United for the MLS at some stage in his career.

Meanwhile, the England defender is desperate to force his way into Fabio Capello's squad for next summer's European Championships.

Ferdinand has been displaced for Friday's crunch clash with Montenegro by United teammate Phil Jones, who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson as a long-term replacement for the former Leeds man.

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