Ferdinand has suggested that Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal should ‘go and buy’ the Brazil international forward Gabriel Jesus this summer.
Manchester City star has been out of action since January because of an injury but recently returned to the Citizens setup for wins over Peterborough and Everton but his place in the first XI is far from assured.
He was initially signed by the club as a striker but has turned into an all-around winger that can operate anywhere across the front three.
However, manager Pep Guardiola has often preferred to play the likes of Phil Foden and Jack Grealish as his No 9, with Gabriel often pushed out wide.
Arsenal are short of solutions up top after letting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang depart the club on a free two months ago, which has left boss Mikel Arteta with just two centre-forwards – Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette.
And Rio believes the Londoners should be targeting a move for the South American, with the former Palmeiras ace being potentially the man to solve the team’s depth issues up top.
‘If I was Arsenal, I would go and buy Gabriel Jesus,’ he told his FIVE YouTube channel.
Jesus has just 16 months left on his present deal at the Etihad Stadium and the club board could look to sell him this summer, unless they reach an agremenet on extension.