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Arsenal and Spurs eyeing dramatic move for Bulgarian.
North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are both understood to be interested in a shock move for unwanted Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov.
The Bulgarian finished the season before last as top scorer in the Premier League but was marginalised last term and is determined to leave Old Trafford this summer.
Berbatov’s chances are likely to be further limited by the imminent arrival of Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, who is set to join United for £24m in the next 24 hours.
And the Gunners are considering taking advantage of United’s surplus of strikers to bid for Berbatov.
Boss Arsene Wenger believes the classy 31-year-old will suit the Gunners’ passing game but is only willing to play £6m for the former Bayer Leverkusen man.
Spurs are also interested in re-signing the player they sold to United for £29.5m in 2008. The north Londoners have just one senior striker currently on their books and are desperate for attacking reinforcements before the end of the month.
Chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to sanction a move for Berbatov, who reportedly went on strike in order to seal a move to Old Trafford, but new head-coach Andre Villas-Boas has told his chairman that Berbatov would be a good addition if he can be snared on the cheap.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson all but confirmed that Berbatov is set to leave the club.
After van Persie arrived, the Scot told the Daily Telegraph: “In 1999 I had Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham & Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the four best strikers in Europe.
“We are going towards that now with Hernandez, Rooney, van Persie, Welbeck & Kagawa.”
His omission of Berbatov is a clear indication that the Bulgarian has no future at Old Trafford but a move to either north London club would prove hugely controversial.