It has been reported that Manchester United are going to meet Tottenham’s valuation of their Bulgarian striker very soon indeed, mainly because of injury concerns at Old Trafford.
Manchester United’s pre-season injury crisis could force manager Sir Alex Ferguson to pay Tottenham’s full £28m asking price for Dimitar Berbatov. (Lancashire Evening Post)
SIR ALEX FERGUSON will step up his efforts to pry Dimitar Berbatov away from Tottenham after casting doubt on Wayne Rooney’s chance of starting the new season.
The Manchester United boss, who has declared victory in his battle to keep Cristiano Ronaldo at the club, expects to be without Rooney for the opening games of the campaign, with the striker battling a virus picked up in Nigeria.
That will leave Ferguson with just two senior strikers, Carlos Tevez and Louis Saha.
And the Red Devils boss, who insisted the virus was not malaria, said: “I doubt we’ll get Rooney fit for the start of the season with the virus he’s had.
“It’s a virus he picked up in Nigeria and it’s not a nice one, but quite a few have had it.
“It’s such a bad virus and he’s got to be training to be fit.” (Daily Post)
Spurs are resigned to losing the striker and are understood to be willing to do business with United once they have a replacement secured. (Manchester Evening News)
Well 28m seems like a fair price in today’s market and whilst Sir Alex was right to hold out it does seem from these reports that a deal will be struck very soon. Juande Ramos needs to find a replacement of course, but in order to do so he also needs the huge cash boost from the sale of Dimitar Berbatov in the first place. Manchester United will have a fearsome attack this coming season, even more so than in 07/08, now all they need to do is stop Cristiano Ronaldo from continually trying to force a move to Real Madrid! Do Red Devil fans think that Sir Alex can manage to fit Tevez/Rooney and Berbatov on the field of play at the same time?