Sir Alex Ferguson would allow Old Trafford star to leave for Ligue 1 side.
Sir Alex Ferguson has cast doubt over the future of Dimitar Berbatov at Manchester United after appearing to suggest that the Bulgarian could leave the club.
Ferguson made the admission after his reserve side’s 8-2 defeat in a charity match against Marseille in Monaco on Tuesday evening. A French television journalist asked the United manager if Berbatov could play with Paris St-Germain, who are interested in signing the striker. “Yes,” a smiling Ferguson replied. “Absolutely, no problem.”
The French club are reportedly willing to pay £18-£20m, which would help United to recoup some of the £50m they have spent so far this summer on Ashley Young, David de Gea and Phil Jones.
Nonetheless, Ferguson’s statement represents a considerable change of direction for the champions, who have maintained all summer that Berbatov is not for sale and can still play a significant part in their attempt to win a 20th league title next season.
Whilst it sounds like Sir Alex Ferguson was being a little glib in his response to a question about Dimitar Berbatov’s Man United future, it does perhaps speak volumes and on hearing such news the Bulgarian may well consider his future further.
PSG are now run by the Qatar Investment Authority and having brought in Leonardo from Inter Milan to act as Director of Football the Parc des Princes side has spent a great deal on new additions as the Ligue 1 side looks to mount a challenge to win their first domestic title in almost 20 years.
The likes of Kevin Gameiro, Jeremy Menez, Blaise Matuidi and Momo Sissoko have already joined the club and it looks like highly rated Argentine Javier Pastore could also be on his way to the club and there is no doubt that PSG could offer Berbatov regular first team football and a big wage hike.
The former Tottenham man will know that he may struggle for first team football next term as Ferguson clearly favours a front pairing of Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez and the good form shown by Danny Welbeck in pre-season may also mean the England Under 21 international will get his shot this coming season also.
At 30 years of age Berbatov will not want to be wasting away on the bench and may well take this chance to take on a new challenge and it appears it’s a challenge that Ferguson is willing to allow the striker to pursue.