Having expressed a desire to leave Old Trafford earlier in the summer, it’s always been a matter of when, not if, Dimitar Berbatov was going to leave Old Trafford. It now looks as though the Bulgarian could have finally found that move he has been seeking, with Fiorentina agreeing a deal that will take him to Italy.
There have been rumours linking with 31-year-old with a switch to the Seria A outfit for some time, although it was thought that Fiorentina were struggling to meet the £5m asking price that Sir Alex Ferguson had placed on the player’s head. However, it now looks as though such difficulties have been overcome, with a source close to Berbatov telling Reuters, “Fiorentina have agreed personal terms with Dimitar and they’ll announce the deal very soon.”
The move will certainly be positive for both parties, with Berbatov keen to play first team football while Sir Alex Ferguson has made no secret of the fact that he would struggle to make an impression on the squad this year. Moreover, with Ferguson’s comments coming before the signing of Robin Van Persie, the Bulgarian’s chances are now even slimmer.
It would be fair to say that Berbatov has experienced mixed fortunes since his move from Tottenham in 2008. At that time, he became United’s most expensive player after completing a deal worth £30.75m.
After becoming the top goal scorer in the 2010/11 season that fee seemed to be justified, although since then he has found opportunities extremely difficult to come by. He has never been considered an Old Trafford regular although he did manage to score nine goals last term, despite making only twenty one appearances in all competitions.
Even though Ferguson has brought some extra funds in through this sale, he has publically said that his summer of spending is over and he is happy with his current squad.