Berbatov lined up for cut-price return to Tottenham
Published 23:01 23/04/11 By Steve Stammers - EXCLUSIVE
Dimitar Berbatov could make a sensational return to Tottenham in a cut-price deal this summer.
The Bulgarian striker will have just one year left on his Manchester United contract at the end of the season – and talks over a new deal have so far stalled.
That has alerted Spurs, who sold Berbatov to United three years ago for £30 million.
United face the threat of losing the hit-man on a free transfer if they allow his contract to run down and expire in June 2012.
And with Berbatov now 30, it appears United will not offer him more than a one-year extension.
If United and the player cannot reach agreement, they can take the option to sell him rather than lose him on a free.
Spurs would not want to pay more than £8m for the striker – and that would represent a smart move by chairman Daniel Levy. Spurs orginally bought Berbatov for £10.9m from Bayer Leverkusen in 2006. He played 102 games for Spurs, scoring 46 goals, before his move to Old Trafford in 2008.
Levy prefers to sign players who have a re-sale value, but he has made exceptions – like William Gallas’s move from Arsenal .
Tottenham, even with Berbatov in the £100,000 a-week bracket for three years, would still see value in a Berbatov deal.
Manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed he’s looking at proven attacking talents and would also be interested in Chelsea’s Didier Drogba if the Blues let him go.
Redknapp also has other players in his sights, but the extent of his summer dealings will depend on whether his club qualifies for the Champions League.
With guaranteed Champions League income, Redknapp would sanction a bid of around £20m for Edinson Cavani from Napoli.
The Uruguayan front man has been a huge success for the Italian club this season and, at 24, is of the age that would fit into Levy’s strategy on transfers.
Even after four years, Cavani would be only 28 and could command a considerable fee if he has done well in the Premier League and Spurs choose to sell.
Another player that Redknapp admires is Ashley Young.
The England winger is certain to leave Aston Villa this summer, with Liverpool and Manchester United favourites to sign him.
But Redknapp is ready to step in with a £15 million-plus offer.