EXCLUSIVE: Berbatov targeted in £18m swoop
Published 23:55 01/08/11 By Darren Lewis
Paris St Germain are targeting Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov in an £18million swoop.
PSG are enjoying a stunning revolution under new Qatari ownership, who are poised to beat Chelsea to the £35m signing of Palermo's rising-star playmaker Javier Pastore.
Berbatov, 30, has just a year left on his contract after signing for £30million from Spurs in 2009.
Although the likes of Javier Hernandez, Antonio Valencia and Park Ji Sung are set to have new deals confirmed at Old Trafford this week, that will not be the case with Berbatov.
Indeed, the Bulgarian will be left as the only player at United with 12 months left to run on his deal, despite being the joint-top scorer in the Premier League with Carlos Tevez last season.
A breakdown of those figures, however, reveal three hat-tricks - including one where he went on to score five goals in the game - helped to account for the overall total.
Sir Alex Ferguson did not to even have Berbatov on the bench for the Champions League Final - and the player's subsequent reaction, when he watched the match on TV in the dressing room rather in person in the stands - is said to have sealed his fate at the club.
PSG are understood to be ready to offer a package worth £18m to snap him up, after flexing their financial muscle to sign some of the most sought-after talent around in recent weeks.
The French club have captured 24-year-old Roma schemer Jeremy Menez for £7m and powerful defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi, also 24, in a deal that could rise to £9m.
They have also pinched France international striker Kevin Gameiro from under the noses of Newcastle for £10m and were willing to splash out £12m on QPR playmaker Adel Taraabt before their new sporting director Leonardo went cold on the deal.
PSG, who are hunting their first title since 1994, have also signed Serbian defender Milan Bisevac to add steel to their back line.