Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has praised the potential ambition of the club to be looking at signing Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sergio Ramos.
Speaking via his Twitter account, Ferdinand also expressed his scepticism as to whether the pair are content having their names linked with the Red Devils simply to earn better contracts with their current clubs.
Signing both would be tricky, given they are each mainstays of their respective sides Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, but the BBC reported on Monday that the Red Devils are indeed interested in pulling off such a deal.
Good signings was meant to say if true! Bastian & Ramos— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 22, 2015
But are they both using @ManUtd to get better deals at their current clubs? ?— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 22, 2015
United are a high profile club with huge money available to offer sizeable contracts, and in the past fans have been frustrated seeing the club used as a bargaining chip.
One recent case was Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, with The Star reporting earlier this month United were close to signing him, only for the Brazilian to end up signing a renewed deal with Barcelona.
Ramos has been with Real for a decade since signing from Sevilla in 2005, while Schweinsteiger has been at Bayern Munich for his entire career.