Manchester United will be forced to stump up close to £60million if they are to adequately replace the departing duo of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. At least that’s according to Dion Dublin.
Speaking with talkSPORT, the former England and United player told how he believed that it would take some doing for the club to fill the void left when Vidic and Ferdinand both leave this summer, and that Ed Woodward and co. would have to be prepared to splash the cash. Following Ferdinand’s announcement late last night that he would not be staying on at Old Trafford for next year, it has become clear that last season's Premier League champions will have to prioritise the signing of new centre-backs.
With Vidic already confirmed to be joining Inter Milan in the coming months the likes of Mats Hummels and Ezequiel Garay have been named as potential replacements., however Dublin warned United that they would have to pull out all the stops if they harbour any hopes of successfully replacing their departing legends.
“If you want the best it’s going to cost you between £50-60million to replace [Vidic and Ferdinand],” Dublin said.
“You're having to replace two players of real quality who have played for their countries a number of times.
“It’s going to be difficult to replace that partnership, it’s been the best since Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister.”