Paris Saint-Germain have emerged as the first club to try and tempt Manchester United with an offer for out of favour Dimitar Berbatov this summer.
It is believed United will listen to offers of between £10million-15m for a player who cost £30.75m from Tottenham three years ago but only has 12 months left on his contract. The Bulgarian had a nightmare finish to the season after being left in tears by Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to leave him out of the Champions League final side and then hand Michael Owen a new one-year deal.
PSG have money to spend after Qatar Sports Investments bought a 70 per cent stake in the French club this week, and are ready to make an opening bid of around £12m. But standing in the way of this deal could be Berbatov himself, after the 30 year old stated his desire to stay and fight for a place at Old Trafford.
His rolling contract situation and the form of Javier Hernandez has cast doubts over his long-term future for the past year, however he remains determined to prove he is not a failure at Manchester United. Although coming across as moody to the outside world he is liked by team-mates at United and Ferguson needs a player like him to provide alternatives to his other forwards.
Many fans have criticized Berbatov’s ‘lazy’ style of football, but the moments of magic and his exquisite eye for goal have lead to The Bulgarian chalking up 148 appearances for United in which he has found the net an impressive 47 times picking up various awards in the 2010-2011 campaign including Bulgarian Footballer of the Year, Premier League Player of the Month (January 2011), PFA Premier League Team of the Year and The Premier League Golden Boot.
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