Man Utd’s Ferdinand offered MLS switch

Updated: October 5, 2011

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand could be set for a move to MLS side Chicago Fire when his contract with the premier league champions expires at the end of the season.

The 32 year old England international would be the Fire’s first high profile signing and with the lower tax rate in the United States he would have a substantial pay package to consider before retiring as well offering him the opportunity to escape the tabloid rumours which have plagued him over the last year.

Last week Ferdinand lost a court case in which he attempted to prevent the publication of a kiss and tell story revealing details of an alleged extra-marital affair.

Ferdinand’s top level career looks to be coming to an end after he was left out of Fabio Capello’s England squad for Friday’s qualifier with Montenegro and the former West Ham and Leeds man has been sidelined with injuries for much of the last two years.

The defender has made only 56 appearance for United since August 2009 and with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling emerging as defensive talents for the Red Devils, manager Ferguson may be happy to let his former captain go when he contract expires.

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