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Sunday, 21 July, 2002, 22:17 GMT 23:17 UK
Rio sets new mark
The 30m that Manchester United are set to splash out on Rio Ferdinand will set a new record for a British transfer.

The Ferdinand fee will eclipse the 28.1m United paid Lazio for Juan Sebastian Veron and the 19m they spent on Ruud van Nistelrooy.

  Top five world transfers
46.5m - Zinedine Zidane Juventus to Real Madrid
37m Luis Figo Barcelona to Real Madrid
35.7m - Hernan Crespo Parma to Lazio
32m Gianluigi Buffon Parma to Juventus
31m Christian Vieri Lazio to Inter Milan

Ferdinand moved to the top of the record British transfer list when he moved from West Ham to Leeds for 18m in November 2000 before the Van Nistelrooy and Veron deals.

He now once again heads the table, which sees the Old Trafford club occupy the top three positions.

The fee will also surpass the world record for a defender, which was set when Juventus paid 22.5m for Frenchman Lilian Thuram.

And the 30m for Ferdinand will put the deal sixth in the biggest transfers all time.

Real Madrid hold the top two positions in the world league after they paid 46.5m for Zinedine Zidane and 37m for Luis Figo.


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