Tuesday, January 17, 2012

United set to lose £30m: Berbatov to move on a free transfer next summer?

The future of Dimitar Berbatov continues to be the subject of intense media speculation. The £30m striker is out of contract next summer and is therefore free to talk to would be suitors.

The former Spurs striker has been linked to CSKA Moscow, Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.

Last month, Ferguson hinted that he was ready to activate a clause in the Bulgarian's contract; one that would extend his current deal by 12 months.

However, the 30-year-old’s future must be in serious doubt after he was photographed by the media boarding a flight to Frankfurt.

Manchester United could lose £30m if they are unable to persuade Berbatov to sign that contract extension.

To add to the United manager's woes, he could also lose Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison due to contract issues.

6 comments:

  1. FAO of ANON,

    "The Bulgarian striker, who hit a hat-trick against Wigan on Boxing Day, is out of contract in the summer although United have the right to automatically extend his deal by another year.

    However they need to do so by New Year's Day or see Berbatov able to talk to other clubs about a free transfer in summer"

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    Read the above - the extension needed to be signed by New Years Day.... has it been extended? It doesn't look like it...

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  2. Or you could quote a more recent article like this one:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-united/8984542/Manchester-United-set-to-offer-striker-Dimitar-Berbatov-one-year-contract-extension.html

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  3. Well, I think we can agree on one thing - someone has got their facts wrong. I wouldn't bet on Berbatov still being a United player next season. We shall see. But if United allow Berbatov to leave on a free heads should roll.

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  4. As I understand it the extension doesn't need to be signed by Berbatov as it's already part of his existing contract. It just depends on whether United decide to activate it or not.

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  5. I think some people are missing the point a bit here. If you allow a player to run down his contract so he's into the final 12 months of his deal, then by default, any sell on fee will be reduced. The trick is not to allow this situation to come about. So you either make the player extend his contract two years /18 months before the contract runs out or you sell him at that point, thus maximising your return.

    Daniel Levy, the Spurs boss is said to be very good at this sort of thing. Take note that Spurs are currently looking to offload Defoe (29) to LFC for £20m...

    As far as Berbatov is concerned, at the age of 30, his fee will be affected by his age, but still, the same rules should apply, but it is by no means straightforward. IMO, United should have sold him 12 months ago or else negotiated a new deal.

    If United activate this 12 month extension, he will still be into the final 12 months of his contract and by the time his deal is up he will be another year older - so the mistake was made 12 months ago because the club would be in a much stronger position to sell him at this moment in time...

    Tricky situation, because while Berba can be sublime, he can also have games when he doesn't look interested. There seems to be is a disconnect between player and manager. Ferguson isn't to blame for any contract screw ups.

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  6. I THINK MAN UTD SHOULD CELL DIMITAR BERBATOV BECAUSE NORMALLY HE ON THE BENCH FOR MAN UTD.THEY SHOULD BUY FORLAN OR FERNADO TORRES OR WESLEY SNEJDER AND SOME PROPER PLAYER IN MIDFEILD BECAUSE IF MAN UTD GOES AGAINS SOME BIG CLUBS LIKE BARCELOAN AND REAL MADRID IT WILL BE DIFFICULT FOR THEM. WE CAN SEE MAN CITY THEY HAVE ALSO DONE THE SAME THINK THEY HAVE BUYED SOME PERFECT PLAYER WITH A LESS PERCENT OF MONEY. SO MAN UTD SHOULD SEARCH PLAYERS WHICH ARE LESS IN PRICE AND GOOD LIKE NEYMAR JR HE IS THE pERFECT STRIKER

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