It seems like more or less a done deal, although of course the tabloids have got it horrible wrong in the past. A certain Bulgarian appears to be about to leave White Hart Lane, but look on the bright side, Juande Ramos will have a huge stash of cash to spend!
Manchester United have agreed to pay Tottenham £28 million for Dimitar Bebatov, who have set aside £17 million of that fee to sign Blackburn’s David Bentley in a move that will spark a domino transfer effect, according to reports.
Tottenham had been warned by United that they would be not be held to ransom in their pursuit to sign Berbatov, after they had an initial £20 million approach rebuffed over the weekend, setting a maximum limit of £25 million on the Bulgarian striker.
But reports suggest that both clubs have since reached a comprise for £2 million less than the original £30 million asking price Spurs had demanded for the player, who has scored 27 goals in the Premier League since his arrival from German side Bayer Leverkusen two years ago.
United want to pay Tottenham a fee of £18 million up front with the rest of the transfer payable after success-related clauses and appearances, similar to the arrangement they struck with the north London club for Michael Carrick in 2006. (Telegraph)
Ramos has proven his ability to pick up top-notch signings and he has of course been linked with about 2000 targets this summer. If Berbs does leave, then no doubt JR has a wishlist of strikers to bid for from Huntelaar to Roque.
Dimitar was of course a revelation in a Spurs shirt, continually impressing the fans with his vision and ability. However, once it became clear that his head was turned by a move to Manchester United, it seems there was only going to be one conclusion. Of course, this deal may not be as signed and sealed as the Telegraph suggests, but it does seem it will only be a matter of time before Levy gets the fee he wants for the former Leverkusen man. Do Spurs fans have any one striker in mind that they wish to see replacing the outgoing legend?