Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to sign Birmingham wonderkid Jude Bellingham in the upcoming transfer window regardless of the enormous price tag on his head.

United were interested in signing the 16-year-old back in January but the move failed to materialise.

The M.E.N. understands the Reds are to still keen to sign the midfielder and gave Bellingham a tour of their Carrington training complex after he was given permission by Birmingham to identify his next club.

Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea are viewed as United’s main competition to land Bellingham and Ferdinand believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should make a move as soon as possible.

The former United defender believes a big-money transfer for the youngster would be a calculated risk.

After reading a rumour that the Reds may have been boosted in their pursuit of Bellingham due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ferdinand said on his Instagram page: “Hopefully that let’s Man United in the back door and take him – unless we’re at the front of queue already.

“Jude Bellingham: Huge talent. Huge talent. Really good-looking footballer in the way he plays, the balance, the poise he’s got, the maturity at such a young age. I want to see more.

“But you’re buying this kid, the price tag is phenomenal, £30million for a kid, for a 16-year-old boy. It’s unbelievable. But it’s the way of the world now, and the way you’ve got to think about it is: if you’re paying £30m and we keep him for 10 years it’s money well spent.

“It’s a gamble, it’s an expensive gamble, but the kid – if you’re playing in the Championship and doing what he’s doing and looking the player he is – it’s a gamble, yeah, but a calculated one.

“I think he’s someone I would 100% take. If I’m Man United now, go in and get him. You can understand why the likes of Borussia Dortmund are trying to get him, trying to take him. The kid seems to me to have it all.”