The former defender of Manchester United and England Rio Ferdinand (Image: Getty) Rio Ferdinand spoke of futile pursuits of Manchester United against Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane during the summer window of the transfer.
Jose Mourinho was desperate to strengthen his defensive options this summer and Tottenham's Alderweireld, Maguire of Leicester City and Real Madrid, the star Varane, were all targeted.
The Belgian national Alderweireld emerged as Mourinho's first goal at the start of the window, but United failed to sign an agreement with the Premier League spurs.
The Red Devils quickly turned their attention to Maguire, but Leicester had no desire to sell and slapped a huge $ 75 million price tag on the defender's head.
Mourinho would also be willing to pay £ 100m to bring Varane to Old Trafford, but United bosses were not convinced and had not signed any day.
Of all the defenders who were tied to profitable moves at the Theater of Dreams, it was Alderweireld that Ferdinand expected to sign for his former club.
"I was in favor of bringing Toby Alderweireld from the Spurs," the former British international told BT Sport.
Jose Mourinho wanted to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham (Image: Getty) "When playing regularly, I think he is among the first two or three midfielders in the country in this league.
"I think he's a fantastic player, he showed it back in the World Cup after not playing so many games last season.
"I thought it was a precise one [to sign for Manchester United]… it would have been my choice to be honest. "
Maguire was one of the surprise stars of the World Cup this summer, playing a key role in England's run in the semi-finals.
The Red Devils were tempted to relocate to the British World Cup hero Harry Maguire (Image: Getty) But Ferdinand believes the 25-year-old has to spend another season at King Power before closing a high move profile in a bigger club.
"Maguire had a fantastic tournament in Russia," said Ferdinand.
"I just think that for his development an other season in Leicester, honing his trade inside the Premier League, it would be better for him from a personal point of view to him."
Ferdinand also called Varane "one of the best defenders in the world" and said that signing it would be a great blow for Mourinho.
But the Red Devils legend doubts that Real Madrid would be willing to sell a twenty-five year old whose best years are ahead of him.
"In Varane, which proved to be one of the best defenders on the planet right now, I think it will be too far to go get it, the sum of money," added Ferdinand.
"I do not think Real Madrid would sell."
Despite losing several transfer goals, Manchester United started the new Premier League season with a 2-1 victory over Leicester at Old Trafford on Friday night.
Mourinho's side, who finished second in the Premier League last season, will travel to Brighton next weekend.
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