According to German newspaper Bild, Bundesliga rivals Schalke and Borussia Dortmund have both made enquiries to Manchester United for their unsettled striker Dimitar Berbatov.
The Bulgarian striker has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford having fallen behind Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney in the United pecking order this season. Therefore United may be willing to cash in on the 31 year-old who has made just 10 appearances this season, the majority of them coming in the Carling Cup or as a substitute.
But Schalke and Dortmund aren’t the only clubs to show an interest in the Bulgarian, with Paris St Germain and Galatasaray also being credited with an interest in the striker.
Berbatov, who is out of contract in the summer, has the opportunity to get his career back on track this season with the offer of regular football from any of the interested clubs, or he could choose to remain on the sidelines at Man United and go for free at the end of the season.
Sir Alex Ferguson would certainly like to see Berbatov go in January and at least make a little bit of money back from a player he signed for £30 million in 2008.
There have been some rumours recently that Manchester United were willing to let Berbatov join Schalke, but in a move that allows them so sign their Dutch striker, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. But Schalke’s General Manager Horst Heldt shut the door on the chances of that potential move ever happening.
Berbatov’s value will decrease significantly in January, as he will only have six months to run on his United contract by then, which will mean he can be signed for around £5 million or less.