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Rio Ferdinand wants Saul Niguez to replace Paul Pogba

Rio Ferdinand wants Saul Niguez to replace Paul Pogba
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Rio Ferdinand calls on Manchester United to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez during this summer's transfer window.

Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand has said that the Red Devils should move for Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez if Paul Pogba leaves the club during this summer's transfer window.

United are allegedly lining up a £135m move for Saul as they prepare for the potential exit of Pogba, who continues to be linked with a move away from the 20-time English champions.

Ferdinand has backed his former club's reported pursuit of Saul, branding the Spain international, who has a contract at the Wanda Metropolitano until the summer of 2026, "a major player".

"I don't want Pogba to go but if he does go I'd take Saul Niguez all day long. Not like-for-like but still a top player," Ferdinand said during an Instagram Live.

"What a player. I've been harping on about Saul Niguez for a few years now. I think he's a major player. Composed, calm, great left foot, lovely conductor, he can score goals, tactically he's very aware.

"You can see [Diego] Simeone, he gets his teams really well set up and he's in the middle orchestrating and dictating things."

The 25-year-old, who is also believed to be a transfer target for Barcelona, is closing in on 300 appearances for Atletico in all competitions.

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ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

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· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
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· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

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· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

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