With just a handful of days between now and the transfer window slamming shut, Manchester United and Tottenham appear no closer to agreeing a deal which will allow Dimitar Berbatov to move to Old Trafford, thus granting Sir Alex Ferguson the extra firepower that he craves.
The Daily Mail report that Spurs are prepared to hold out for the £30 million price tag that they have slapped upon the Bulgarian’s head, even if it means that the Red Devils don’t make the signing and they are left with a striker who doesn’t want to be at the club and will end up training with the reserves until at least January when the transfer window opens again.
Daniel Levy is threatening to force Dimitar Berbatov to train with the reserves if Manchester United fail to match Tottenham’s £30million valuation.
Spurs chairman Levy has taken matters into his own hands after the club’s manager Juande Ramos left the Bulgaria striker out of the squad that lost 2-1 at home to Sunderland on Saturday.
Ramos was hugely critical of the forward in the hours prior to Spurs’ first home game of the season, and Berbatov decided to stay away from the ground after being told he was not required.
Levy is determined to take a stand against the striker, who has made no secret of his desire to join United before next Monday’s transfer deadline, but it is affecting morale at White Hart Lane.
Indeed, while Gareth Barry has just got his head down and continued to play for Aston Villa, following his collapsed move to Liverpool, Berbatov has decided that he’s not going to play football unless it’s for Manchester United. Is the player acting like a spoilt brat and will Spurs really risk losing millions of pounds by refusing to sell their striker to the champions?