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Manchester United to Make £12m Schalke Swap Offer

Sir Alex Ferguson looks to use Old Trafford striker to help land German keeper.

Manchester United will reportedly attempt to use Dimitar Berbatov as leverage in their pursuit of German international keeper Manuel Neuer. Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to use the Premier League’s top-scorer to help tempt Schalke into selling their prized asset.

Ferguson is looking for a keeper to take over from veteran Edwin Van der Sar who is due to hang up his gloves at the end of the season and the Man United boss is a big admirer of 25 year old keeper Neuer who has helped his Bundesliga side to the the Champions League semi-finals.

Berbatov was a big success during his time with Bayer Leverkusen and his consistent goal scoring exploits, 91 goals in five seasons, led to a big money move to Tottenham which in turn led to a £30m move to Man United. Even though the cultured striker is the top scorer in the Premier League he has found himself warming the bench in recent weeks as Ferguson has elected to pair Wayne Rooney with Javier Hernandez with some success.

Schalke have struggled in Bundesliga action this term and are currently in tenth spot and unlikely to secure European football of any sort next season and that has led to increased speculation that £12m rated Neuer will leave the club after five years as a first team regular.

Ralf Ragnick’s side have struggled to find the back of the net in domestic action, only two sides have scored fewer Bundesliga goals, and given that Raul is not getting any younger the short term solution of bringing in Berbatov may well tempt the Schalke boss.

Dimitar Berbatov is currently having his most prolific season in the Premier League so will not be content to warm the bench at the peak of his career and with just one year left on his contract and seemingly no nearer to agreeing a new deal, a move to Bundesliga may be ideal for all concerned.

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