Bulgarian edges closer to Serie A switch.
Dimitar Berbatov will reportedly fly out to Italy on Wednesday to complete a move from Manchester United to Fiorentina.
The Viola are looking to end their summer spending with a new striker and United have allegedly accepted a €5m offer for the Bulgarian.
Berbatov, who cost United over £30m in 2008, will put pen to paper on a two-year deal with an option for a third.
The 31-year-old could undergo his medical at some stage today before officially signing for Vincenzo Montella’s club.
United have decided to sell the centre-forward after beating Juventus to the services of Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie.
SOURCE: Football Italia
What a bargain.
While Sunderland and West Ham were busy paying Wolves £14m and £10.75 for Steven Fletcher and Matt Jarvis, Fiorentina proved there are still bargains to be had by quietly edging closer to the £4m signing of Dimitar Berbatov – a man who finished top scorer in the Premier League the season before last and cost Manchester United £30m in 2008.
It’s a shame to see such a classy player leave the country and surely some English teams – not least Berbatov’s former employers Spurs – could have benefitted from his arrival?
Admittedly the Bulgarian is the wrong side of 30 and hasn’t played a great deal of football in the past year but that is largely because he hasn’t been given a chance.
After a great season in 2010/11, in which he helped United to the title, the former Leverkusen forward found himself behind Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in the pecking order last term, while the arrivals of Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie this summer have left the silky-skilled striker well and truly out in the cold at Old Trafford.
This doesn’t suit Berbatov. He is a player who needs to be played and needs to be loved. At Fiorentina, he will thrive on being the main man up-front and will benefit from the service provided by the likes of ex-Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani, Matias Fernandez and the highly-rated Steven Jovetic.
The slower pace of the Italian game should also suit his languid style and he could end his career with a bang in the Serie A. England’s l0ss is Italy’s gain.
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