Dimitar Berbatov’s protracted transfer from Tottenham to Manchester United looked to be closer to resolution last night as the Premier League champions moved towards meeting the £28m valuation of the striker.
United have already had a £23m offer rejected for the Bulgarian and Tottenham have been holding out for £30m, but an offer of £28m is likely to swing the deal.
Tottenham refused to comment on the future of the Bulgarian, who had returned to training having told the club that he wanted to move to Old Trafford.
United’s approach came after they were rebuffed in their attempts to capture Spain star David Silva. Julio Llorente, the striker’s agent, revealed that a £20m bid had been turned down by Valencia
Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, has made Berbatov his No1 target this summer and hopes to complete a deal in time for the 27-year-old to make his debut at home to Newcastle on Sunday. He could have a medical as early as today.
Despite securing Uefa Cup football this season, Spurs could manage only an 11th-place Premier League finish. Berbatov, who has scored 46 goals in his two years at Tottenham, is keen to play in the Champions League.
Ferguson would welcome a swift resolution to the Berbatov deal, especially as doubts surround the fitness of Wayne Rooney after a virus and with his team having to cope for the next couple of months without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is injured.