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MANCHESTER UNITED tabled an official £20million bid for Tottenham strike star Dimitar Berbatov last night.

And Alex Ferguson expects to wrap up the deal within the next week after making his opening offer.

The United boss is in the market for a proven Premier League goalscorer to play alongside Wayne Rooney next season.

Berbatov has been top of Fergie’s wanted list all year and now he has turned his interest into a hard cash bid.

United are convinced they can lure the Bulgarian to Old Trafford with the promise of Champions League football and an £80,000- a-week pay packet.

Berbatov, 27, is keen to move on to bigger things after two years at White Hart Lane.

He was a £10.9m signing from Bayer Leverkusen in 2006 and has scored 46 goals in two seasons with Spurs.

But he fell out with Martin Jol last season and has failed to impress new boss Juande Ramos with his attitude.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy slapped a £30m price tag on Berbatov when Fergie and United came sniffing in the January window.

But Ramos has already splashed more than £50m this year on Luka Modric, Jonathan Woodgate, Alan Hutton, Heurelho Gomes, Giovani Dos Santos, Chris Gunter, Gilberto and John Bostock.

And Spurs need funds to finance their £11m move for Espanyol striker Luis Garcia.

They will try to prise a few more million out of United before finally agreeing to sell fans’ favourite Berbatov.

But Ramos has given his blessing.

Emil Dantchev, Berbatov’s agent, said: “I cannot make any comment until there is official confirmation from Tottenham or United.”

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article1413705.ece
 

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UNITED will finally land Dimitar Berbatov once Andrei Arshavin completes his expected move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite Spurs chairman Daniel Levy being infuriated by United's pursuit of the Bulgarian hitman, he is understood to have told Old Trafford officials that he will be willing to let him go for £28m.

Sir Alex Ferguson has made Berbatov his number one target this summer as he looks to add a new dimension to the attack of the Premier League and European champions.

Spurs are resigned to losing the want-away forward, despite reporting United to the Premier League over their attempts to lure him away from White HartLane.

But they have proved they won't let that acrimony get in the way of a deal after selling Robbie Keane to Liverpool, another club they have reported to the authorities.

The only thing holding up Berbatov's move has been Juande Ramos' desire to have a ready-made replacement in place before releasing his star asset.

Russia's Euro 2008 sensation Arshavin is that man, which should enable Ferguson to land the player he has tracked for the last 12 months.

Despite Spurs preferring to see Berbatov move to the continent, rather than a Premier League rival, there has still been no firm offer from Barcelona, who have been most strongly linked with the 27-year-old.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co...r_united/s/1060567_united_set_for_berba_swoop
 

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ALEX FERGUSON aims to land Dimitar Berbatov in a £25million deal by the end of next week.

The Manchester United boss has had a £22m bid rejected with Tottenham wanting £30m.

United will go to £25m and believe that will be enough to secure the unsettled striker.

Ferguson said: “We are looking at some options at the moment — three or four different options about the strike department which we hope will come to a happy conclusion.

“Hopefully we will have someone in for the start of the season.”

Tottenham have been playing hardball with United, even reporting them to the Premier League for their pursuit of the striker.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy accused Ferguson of arrogance and hypocrisy after he was quoted as saying Berbatov was their target and he expected to get him.

Fergie is desperate to beef up his attack with Cristiano Ronaldo out until October and Louis Saha injured yet again.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article1536043.ece
 

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Its on the back page of the sun now too.

DIMITAR BERBATOV expects to be a Manchester United player within the next 48 hours.

The Bulgarian striker has told his Tottenham team-mates that he is on his way to Old Trafford.

The £25million deal ends a year-long pursuit of the player by United boss Alex Ferguson.

As we reported on Saturday, United were confident the deal would be done by the end of this week.

Now the Champions hope to unveil him as their new signing in time to be eligible for their big kick-off against Newcastle on Sunday.

Berbatov, 27, feared the deal might be off when reports surfaced of possible United moves for Thierry Henry at Barcelona and Valencia’s David Villa.

But Berbatov was always Ferguson’s No1 one target. He has had three bids rejected — last summer, in the New Year and at the end of this season.

Ferguson said last week: “We are looking at three or four different options about the strike department which we hope will come to a happy conclusion.

“Hopefully, we will have someone in for the start of the season.”

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article1551136.ece
 

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Juande Ramos today hinted that Dimitar Berbatov will be sold to Manchester United within 48 hours.

Berbatov is close to completing his move from Tottenham to Old Trafford in a £28million deal.

While Ramos repeatedly refused to be drawn on the Bulgarian's future, he did admit the 27-year-old may not play against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Head coach Ramos said: "Forty-eight hours is a long time. There are two days to go before the game and a lot can happen.

"I will look at the team during the training sessions, I will see how Dimitar is in training and I will make the decision based on that."

Ramos insisted he was keen for Berbatov, who would prefer to leave the club, to stay at White Hart Lane.

But he admitted Spurs were trying to put in place contingency plans to replace him should, as expected, Berbatov end his two-year stay in north London.

Ramos added: "Any manager wants the top players at their club and it is no different with Dimitar.

"We want him here. But we have performed very well with our current squad in recent friendlies from an attacking point of view.

"However, we are aware that there are only two weeks until the transfer window closes and a new signing is something we are working on constantly."

Ramos remained tight-lipped about the prospects of former Spurs striker Freddie Kanoute and Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin joining the club.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/stand...amos+is+dodging+Berbatov+questions/article.do
 

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Juande Ramos today hinted that Dimitar Berbatov will be sold to Manchester United within 48 hours.

Berbatov is close to completing his move from Tottenham to Old Trafford in a £28million deal.

While Ramos repeatedly refused to be drawn on the Bulgarian's future, he did admit the 27-year-old may not play against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Head coach Ramos said: "Forty-eight hours is a long time. There are two days to go before the game and a lot can happen.

"I will look at the team during the training sessions, I will see how Dimitar is in training and I will make the decision based on that."

Ramos insisted he was keen for Berbatov, who would prefer to leave the club, to stay at White Hart Lane.

But he admitted Spurs were trying to put in place contingency plans to replace him should, as expected, Berbatov end his two-year stay in north London.

Ramos added: "Any manager wants the top players at their club and it is no different with Dimitar.

"We want him here. But we have performed very well with our current squad in recent friendlies from an attacking point of view.

"However, we are aware that there are only two weeks until the transfer window closes and a new signing is something we are working on constantly."

Ramos remained tight-lipped about the prospects of former Spurs striker Freddie Kanoute and Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin joining the club.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/stand...amos+is+dodging+Berbatov+questions/article.do
 

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Manchester United are expected to have Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov in the side when they open their bid for a third Premier League title in a row against Newcastle United on Sunday.

Manager Alex Ferguson made it clear this week United are in the market for a striker and British media have reported Tottenham Hotspur's Berbatov as the target for weeks, fuelled by comments from the striker's agent last month that United were interested.

Whether or not the widely-tipped move goes through, United will be without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is recovering from ankle surgery and possibly Wayne Rooney, who has had a viral illness.

United will be the last of the League's "Big Four" to see action on the opening weekend of the new season, with Arsenal facing promoted West Bromwich Albion in an early kickoff at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Arsenal, who missed nine senior players for their midweek Champions League qualifier at Twente Enschede in the Netherlands but still won 2-0, will look to be sharper against West Brom.

Liverpool, who have brought in former Spurs striker Robbie Keane to spearhead the attack with Fernando Torres, visit Sunderland later on Saturday. They will be looking for goals after a frustrating 0-0 draw in Belgium against Standard Liege in their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.

Chelsea, last season's runners-up and who are expected to provide the stiffest challenge to United again this season, face FA Cup winners Portsmouth on Sunday.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/...atov-move-expected-before-weekend-896876.html
 

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David Gill is probably sorting it out right now, we don't need him when we play Newcastle on Sunday because we will beat them easily at old trafford.

If Sky sports news don't have any news on him in the morning, then we are going to have to wait a bit longer.
 

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Manchester United are facing up to frustration in their attempt to beat today's deadline to sign Dimitar Berbatov in time for the player to make his debut against Newcastle United on Sunday, but Wayne Rooney has informed Sir Alex Ferguson that he is fit and available for selection, having made an encouraging recovery from the mystery virus that laid him low after their pre-season trip to Nigeria.

Rooney contracted the virus while in Abuja, where United played a lucrative exhibition match against Portsmouth on July 27, and was unable to train for ten days on the squad's return to Manchester. Ferguson suggested that Rooney had little chance of being fit for the start of the new Barclays Premier League season, but the word from United's Carrington training ground is that the forward has trained fully this week and undertaken additional sessions every afternoon to build up his fitness.

As is his way, Rooney has been pleading with Ferguson to select him against Newcastle at Old Trafford, but the United manager will consult his medical staff before making a final decision. Rooney is firmly expected to be named in the 18-man squad, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Louis Saha injured, but he must wait to learn whether he will join Carlos Tévez in the starting line-up or be named among the substitutes.

United had hoped to sign Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur this week, with a view to playing him against Newcastle if necessary, but Premier League rules stipulate that all the relevant paperwork must be processed and filed to the league's headquarters by noon on Friday for a transferred player to be eligible to represent his new club that weekend. In cases such as this, where international clearance from the Bulgarian FA would be required, that deadline can be extended to 5pm at the league's discretion.

As it is, the paperwork stage remains some way off, with United still to break Tottenham's resistance over a transfer fee and Barcelona lurking in the background.

Tottenham, who were irked this week by premature reports that a deal had been struck, were eager to make clear that they have not received a formal bid for Berbatov since rejecting United's opening £20.5 million offer last month, but negotiations are continuing through intermediaries, including Emil Dantchev, the player's agent. Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, wants £32 million for Berbatov, but United expect to complete a deal for approximately £28 million sooner rather than later.

Berbatov trained with his Tottenham team-mates yesterday and Juande Ramos, the head coach, has refused to rule out the forward playing away to Middlesbrough tomorrow. “I will wait until the final training session and see how he is,” Ramos said. “He's an excellent professional and he has been getting on with things in training.”

Privately, Ramos is resigned to losing Berbatov, but publicly he sounded a different note. “Dimitar is a great player and is carrying himself superbly through this and we want him to stay,” Ramos said yesterday. “I have no preference one way or another. You have to go with what is happening.”

With Robbie Keane having joined Liverpool for £20.3 million, Berbatov's departure would leave Darren Bent as the only senior centre forward at White Hart Lane, but Ramos said: “It is nothing to panic about. We work without rest to look for players and we have always known the deadline day is August 31. We are working calmly in the background on one or two things. We prefer to work with as much discretion as we can.”

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/article4535629.ece
 

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DIMITAR Berbatov will not disrupt dressing room harmony at United when he becomes the Reds' only summer newcomer, says Red great Lou Macari.

The European and Premier League champions pride themselves on team spirit.

It has always been the cornerstone to the 18-year success story Sir Alex Ferguson has forged since his first trophy in 1990. Last summer Owen Hargreaves, Nani, Anderson and Carlos Tevez were integrated into the senior squad family and the accord saw United to the double.

But Tottenham's Bulgarian hitman has a reputation as a sulker.

Berbatov has allegedly been moody at White Hart Lane whilst the controversial switch to Old Trafford see-sawed. But if United can land Fergie's only major summer target then ex-Red Lou Macari is convinced Berbatov will slip smoothly into the squad togetherness.

"He won't disrupt things with Sir Alex Ferguson in charge," Lou told M.E.N Sport.

"Nor will the long-servers like Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes allow it. They wouldn't stand for anything that would cause problems to one of the foundations of United's success.

"And I don't think Berbatov himself would come in with anything other than full commitment and a desire to get to the very top.

"He had gone stale at Spurs but this is his big chance and probably his last chance at a major opportunity like this. He's not going to put that on the line.

"He won't get another chance to be a top player at a massive club so he'll knuckle down and go along with whatever it is that makes United tick."

Macari believes, however, the 27-year-old will arrive with a burden of expectancy.

"It will be a huge fee that brings him to Old Trafford and there will be a lot of anticipation. He's got to deliver," added Macari. "The price will be big and people will question it, but I think he will relish the chance to show he is worth every penny. He doesn't look the kind who would let anything faze him."

Macari doesn't believe United's lack of transfer activity suggests the Reds won't be challenging again.

"I don't think Sir Alex Ferguson would have been biting his nails about cover at full back or central defence or in midfield," said Macari. "But there may have been concerns about lack of firepower. If Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez stay fit and you get Cristiano Ronaldo back soon then all well and good. But if Rooney or Tevez is injured early on where do you go? That would be a problem.

"You can't afford to take that chance so targeting a striker like Berbatov was right and if he does come then I don't think United need any more than that to show they will be challenging again.

"The squad is stronger than 1999 and the one major signing would be enough."

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co..._united/s/1062525_macari_berbatov_will_settle
 

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Another twist to the saga :mad:

TOTTENHAM would rather sell Dimitar Berbatov to Barcelona for a cut-price fee than flog him to Manchester United.

SunSport can reveal the Spanish giants have told Spurs they are ready to make a move for the wantaway striker.


United remain favourites to land the Bulgarian — but only if they meet Spurs’ £30million asking price.


So far, United have not budged from £25m and, if they do not up their bid, Spurs will listen to Barca.


And they would be far more willing to reach a compromise deal with them, than negotiate with United.


A White Hart Lane insider confirmed: “Barcelona are watching the situation very closely and we know they would love to sign Dimi.”


Tottenham remain furious with the way United have handled their interest in Berbatov, 27, even reporting them to the Premier League after comments Alex Ferguson made about wanting the player at Old Trafford.


Spurs boss Juande Ramos made it clear yesterday he still wants to keep the hitman and praised his pre-season performances.


The Spaniard said: “He is an excellent pro and has been working totally independent of anything that is happening outside football.


"Any speculation is handled by his agent and he has been getting on with things in a professional manner.


“He is our player and is at our club. He is a fantastic player and it would be great for him to stay.


“Any manager is always going to want their best players available. Dimitar is no different.


“He is a great professional and is carrying himself superbly throughout this.”


Ramos believes Spurs can make a serious challenge on the Big Four — with or without Berbatov.


He said: “Tottenham is already a massive club. We can already be compared with United and the other top four clubs.


“We are very happy with our squad and, with the players at our disposal, we feel we can challenge anybody.


“I have no doubts in my mind that players will choose to stay here over any of the other top clubs. I have the squad how I want it.”


Asked if he wanted to sign another top-quality striker, Ramos said: “That’s something we are constantly working on. We work without rest to look for players.”

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article1560436.ece
 

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Looks like something big is going to happen on the berbatov front because they were saying on sky sports news that there is a big rumor that Berbatov is in Manchester, Sir Alex didn't have much time to talk to the press, so watch this space.
 
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