Old Trafford striker linked with Russian move.
Dimitar Berbatov is a £15million January target for mega-spending Russian club FC Anzhi Makhachkala.
Berbatov, currently out of favour at Manchester United, has been offered an escape route from his Old Trafford predicament.
Anzhi have been in talks with the 30-year-old’s agent, Emil Danchev, and are willing to pay the striker £7.5million a year.
Berbatov and his agent are holding out for £12m, but a deal will be done if a compromise is reached on the player’s wage demands.
“We would be interested when Anzhi make a concrete offer,” said Danchev. “We will sit down with Dimitar and ponder this.
“I don’t know if Dimitar is happy in Manchester. He plays, then he just sits on the bench.”
United are willing to let Berbatov go – particularly with Anzhi willing to pay such a generous price for the Bulgarian, who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Tottenham for £30m in 2008.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Surely Sir Alex Ferguson would not think twice about selling Dimitar Berbatov as long as the price is right and reports suggest that the Russian side will offer around £12m for the Man United back-up man. Remember the Bulgarian’s current contract runs out this summer and could therefore leave Old Trafford for nothing in the summer therefore an offer of £12m for a 30 year old that the club doesn’t really need is too good to be true.
Dimitar Berbatov may well have been Man United’s top scorer last season but Ferguson had no qualms about dropping the striker for the Champions League final and now the former Tottenham man is fourth in the striking pecking order behind Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, all three being far younger in years.
Anzhi can afford to make such an offer as they appear to be swimming in money and if such a bid is made then a deal would surely be done, not least as Berbatov would get a huge salary and regular first team playing time alongside Samuel Eto’o up front on the Makhachkala attack.
The Dagestan based side are ready to make such big offers in January as they are keen to secure European qualification and are willing to pay through the nose to achieve that goal.