I want to leave, says Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov has declared that he wants to leave Tottenham which could see him finally make a £25 million move to Manchester United.
It may not have gone on all summer like Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid which didn’t happen or Gareth Barry’s proposed switch from Aston Villa to Liverpool, but the Berbatov to United story is now reaching saga proportions.
That may come to an end though with a new twist, courtesy of the Bulgarian who until yesterday had kept quiet.
The striker’s position at Tottenham looks increasingly untenable though after he asked to be given the chance to "follow my dream".
The 27-year-old did not allude to Sir Alex Ferguson's side by name but with the Red Devils believed to be inching ever closer to agreeing a fee for him, the implications of his words are clear.
"I'm now in Tottenham but no one can disagree with me wanting to follow my dream," he said ahead of his country's midweek friendly with Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Ferguson has not made a formal offer for the player since seeing a first bid of £20.5million turned down but with Ronaldo out injured and Carlos Tevez missing due to a bereavement, United's shortcomings up front were laid bare against Newcastle in yesterday's 1-1 draw.
That means Tottenham's hand is as strong as it has been since negotiations began and a deal now looks certain to be completed before the end of the month.
Emil Dantchev, Berbatov’s agent, said: "We have two more weeks until the end of the transfer window and I think this will be the most important week.
“ I read Alex Ferguson's statement that he wants another striker and I hope that this striker is Dimitar Berbatov."
The player himself, meanwhile, has already started steeping himself in United folklore after he took his demotion to the bench with noticeable frustration.
"If I had been laughing when I was on the bench, people would say I was an idiot," he said.
"Eric Cantona never smiled, but I don't know if anyone ever asked him why he didn't look happier."
United could certainly have done with Berbatov or Cantona yesterday as they struggled to break down Kevin Keegan’ s side.
Obafemi Martins opened the scoring in the first half for the Geordies before Darren Fletcher equalised minutes later at Old Traffford.
The home side had chances to win but they were denied by an inspired Newcastle goalkeeper, Shay Given.
In contrast Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Chelsea strolled to a 4-0 home win over Portsmouth with Joe Cole, Nicoals Anelka, Frank Lampard (penalty) and new signing Deco on target.
In yesterday’s other Premier League game Martin O’Neill’s Aston Villa beat Manchester City 4-2.