Barclays Premier League newcomers AFC Bournemouth have been alerted to the news that transfer target Dimitar Berbatov is set to leave Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco upon the expiration of his contract.
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talkSPORT claim the Cherries want to sign the experienced striker on a free transfer this summer but fear any potential deal could be scuppered by his huge wage demands.
The 34-year-old was reportedly on £100k-a-week at the Stade Louis II stadium and unless he is willing to take a pay cut, it is highly unlikely that he will be strutting his stuff at Dean Court next season.
Berbatov’s last appearance in England earlier in the season ultimately knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League as he scored the second in a 3-1 win for the French side at the Emirates Stadium back in February.
The former Manchester United and Tottenham striker proved that night that he’s lost none of the quality he showed during his eight-year spell in the Premier League before swapping England for France in January 2014.
Signing the Bulgarian would represent an excellent coup for manager Eddie Howe as well as a major risk given Berbatov’s laid back style on the pitch and doesn’t come across as the type of player that fancies a relegation battle.