Galatasaray in talks for Berbatov

Having fallen out of favour at Manchester United, Dimitar Berbatov could be plying his trade in Turkey next season, after it was revealed that Galatasaray are in talks for the Bulgarian hit man.


Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to clear Berbatov’s £110,000 wages off the bill as he prepares to bid for Arsenal’s want away star Robin van Persie, who would be a top earner at Old Trafford if he were to move to Manchester. The Red Devils have already bid £15 million for the Dutch goal machine, but would be prepared to push to £20 million if they can offload Berbatov, according to the Metro.

However, several clubs have been put off by the £5 million price tag, as the 31-year-old is approaching the latter part of his career, but the Manchester club would ideally want to recoup as much of the £30 million they paid Tottenham in 2008.

Berbatov has turned to social networking to try and force a deal through, and his Facebook plea seems to have worked, as the Turkish champions are now in negotiations over a cut-price deal.

'We have had discussions with Berbatov's management,' vice-president Refik Arkan revealed.

'We want to have a world-class striker. Our president also wants this. Berbatov is one of the possibilities.'

Berbatov was the Premier League golden boot winner for the 2010-11 season with 20 goals, but has struggled to cement a place in the forward line at United, with Javier Hernandez being preferred to partner Wayne Rooney in attack and then Danny Welbeck when the Mexican was injured.

He averaged almost a goal every two games during his four-year stint at United, but only made five starts last season. He still has no shortage of admirers, with clubs from Spain, Italy and Germany all interested in snapping him up.