Well it looks like this long running saga is almost over, at least according to this source anyway!
Dimitar Berbatov will complete an acrimonious move from Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester United within days after the Barclays Premier League champions finally reopened formal negotiations over the weekend. United made a second formal bid in the region of £25 million on Saturday and a deal appears imminent after Juande Ramos, the Tottenham head coach, declared that the saga must be resolved.
“It can’t last longer than a week because the transfer window closes next week [on September 1],” Ramos said. “I hope the situation is resolved before then, but there is a deadline.”
The talk of a deadline reflects Ramos’s determination to draw a line under an episode that brought further embarrassment on Saturday when he left Berbatov out of the squad for the 2-1 home defeat by Sunderland on the ground that the Bulgaria forward was psychologically unfit to play.
“After having a meeting he [Berbatov] did not find himself in the right frame of mind to play,” Gustavo Poyet, the Tottenham assistant first-team coach, said. “When the player says to the manager that he does not feel in the right condition to play a full game at this level, you don’t have any option.” (The Times)
It does seem to be a done deal now Ramos has quite wisely decided that it’s not worth keeping a player at the club when he has made it clear he wants to leave. However that doesn’t excuse the incredibly unprofessional attitude of the Bulgarian but at least Tottenham will get large cash injection from the deal. This could well be the signing that puts United back in the driving seat in the Premier League title race. They look a little short on options up front given Ronaldo’s injury and Rooney and Tevez not being at their sharpest at present and Frazier Campbell being a little to naïve to throw in at the deep end. Are Man United fans excited by the signing or would they have preferred someone else to come instead?