Rogers interested in the Bulgarian but will face competition from abroad.
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Dimitar Berbatov could be set for a dramatic move from Manchester United to Liverpool, becoming the first place to move between the clubs since 1964.
New Anfield boss Brendan Rogers is preparing to break one of English football’s big taboos this summer and pursue a United player. The former Swansea manager believes the classy forward could be the perfect foil for misfiring duo Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.
Rogers, 39, is friendly with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and is set to make tentative enquiries about Berbatov’s availability this week.
The former Tottenham striker is set to leave Old Trafford this summer after the falling down the pecking order in Manchester. He made just 5 league starts last term with Ferguson preferring Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez up front.
The 31-year-old is now deemed surplus to requirements, with support striker Shinji Kagawa having already signed and Polish international Robert Lewandowski a target.
But Rogers is convinced the Bulgarian – who finished the Premier League’s top scorer the season before last – still has a lot to offer and will fight to bring him to Anfield even if fans oppose the move.
So intense is the clubs’ rivalry that no player has been directly transfered between them since Phil Chisnall made the switch from United to Liverpool in 1964.
United refused to allow unhappy defender Gabriel Heinze a move to Anfield in 2007 but want Berbatov off the wage bill so are willing to listen to Liverpool’s proposal.
Rogers will have to beat off competition from big-spending European clubs PSG and Malaga, both of whom are also interested in signing Berbatov.