United to discuss Berbatov deal with Bayern

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are ready to bid big to snap up Manchester Unitedís troubled forward Dimitar Berbatov. Louis Van Gaal looks to be interested in the former Tottenham man and is said to see the 29 year old as a potential addition to his Allianz Arena side and a move for the misfiring Old Trafford man will become even more likely should they fail to keep hold of Franck Ribery this summer.

Sir Alex Ferguson is said to have run out of patience with Berbatov who has struggled to make an impact at Man United since his big money move to the club in September 2008. The former Bayer Leverkusen man has looked even more of a failure when called upon to lead the line at the Premier League champions and Van Gaal is ready to end his troubled time at the club.

Ferguson will be looking to recoup a large chunk of the original £30.75m fee paid for Berbatovís services but is apparently set to accept offers of around £20m rather than continue to put up with Dimitarís decidedly average performances.

Berbatov has managed just 26 goals in his 83 appearnaces for the club and Sir Alex is ready to offload the Bulgarian international and re-invest the cash in finding an effective goalscoring option to prolific England man Wayne Rooney.

Source: Caught Offside
Date Published: 20 April 2010

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To be a striker at United you have to be able to score big, important goals, as we are a club aiming to win things every season. Berbatov hasn't scored a single BIG goal in two years at the club. That is his biggest downfall.

- Menace

He got 2 against Aalborg and 2 against Celtic they're his only goals for United in the Champions League those two teams are not superior then Uefa Cup sides. You cant base everything on league goals either fair enough he has 12 this season in the Premier League but he hasn't scored in any other competition. People can see his link up play for the goals but the fact is that just because he may have put Valencia through 4 or 5 times this season to put the final ball in for a goal thats still not enough. It's not a big thing that he does't sprint back to make tackles his problem is that he'll put a great ball through and then stand and admire his pass instead of bursting his arse to get himself into the box and trying to get on the end of the move to finish it off.

- Munsterman

Put it another way, is he good value compared to, let's say, Torres?

- Oli

I'm in two minds about Berbatov, though increasingly of the view that his face doesn't quite fit. I would say the direct assists for Rooney statistic is slightly misleading though, because I can remember a reasonable number of goals Rooney has scored from Valencia's crosses which have come as a result of excellent link-up play by Berbatov. That might sound a bit weak, and he's not exactly setting the heather on fire admittedly, but I don't think we're talking about Gary Birtles here. Other strikers - Cole, Sheringham - took a while to settle at United, so it is conceivable he could stay and become more productive. Admittedly it is looking more likely that we will cut our losses, but you never know.

- Neil

I really cannot believe some of the comments on here about Berbatov. Everybody is anti-Berbatov because they constantly compare him to Rooney and look at his performances when playing as a lone striker. Unfortunately for Berbatov, Ferguson's decided that he wants to play one up front. If next season he decides that he wants to play with two strikers, which he has always preferred to do before now, Berbatov would be the perfect partner for Rooney, coming deep, linking up play and scoring a few goals. If you look back at some of the goals he's scored over the last two years and how important some of them have been, you should realise that he hasn't been the 'flop' everybody bangs on about! It seems that every other week you read in the papers people saying that he's just played his best game for United but everybody fails to take note. Instead people look at Rooney's goals and see that Berbatov doesn't run around all over the place and assume that he's lazy. He's not lazy, he's just totally misunderstood by the majority of United fans who miss seeing Tevez sprinting back towards the United goal to put in a tackle that gives away a throw. I'd hate to see Berbatov leave this summer and think there's plenty of room for both him and Rooney in the United team.

- Mark

I honestly think it'll be a good move for him. The Italian league is much slower and would definitely suit his style and I think he'd be a success there. If we can get £12-£15m for him then I think he'll be off in the summer (assuming the rumours about Milan are true). Sure he was singing the praises of Milan when we met them in the Champions League about how he'd always liked them growing up so think he'd jump at the chance too.

- Dave

^Well, if that happens and Berba is on his bike...then we're looking at Rooney, Owen, Javier Hernandez and whoever else Fergie has in mind as our fourth 'main' striker.

- Geoff

I will be surprised if we sell Wellbeck. Owen will be an interesting one, Its injury rather than poor performance that has affected his season. I reckon he might get one more year depending on who we can afford in the summer. Berbatov looks like he will go as the owners can probably still recoup at least half of his initial transfer fee. Veron all over again. If Macheda is loaned then surely Diouf will be as well? This season has shown that we can't depend on young, inexperienced strikers. One things for sure, Fergie has got some work to do over the summer to sort out our striking options if he wants four quality forwards.

- Menace

berbatov, owen and probably wellbeck are gone. king will be loaned as will macheda. that leaves rooney, diouf, hernandez? and ??????

- letrip

Arguably the fact that we regularly play with one striker means we could get away with having three strikers - especially if they were all very good. On paper, Rooney, Berbatov and Owen with youngsters wouldn't be bad but in reality, only Rooney is really suited to playing that lone striker role. It is difficult to rely too much on Macheda (who could be great, or could be a complete nonentity depending on his attitude and development), Diouf or even the new Mexican lad. What we need is someone good enough that we don't go into every game dreading an injury to Rooney - someone with strength, mobility, good movement and the ability to score 15-20 goals a season. A Louis Saha without the injury problems would be ideal. But I don't see us splashing out cash on a new striker to fit that bill under the current regime.

- Neil