Barcelona reported to be interested in shock move for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov
According to Spanish daily El Mundo Deportivo new Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova is interested in bringing Mancester United's Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov to the Nou Camp. Berbatov, signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £30m in September 2008, has found first-team chances limited this season due to the emergence of Danny Wellbeck despite leading the Premier League's goalscoring chart during United's 2010-11 campaign. Berbatov was left out of the Champions League final squad that year in United's loss at the hands of Barcelona as Sir Alex Ferguson preferred Javier Hernandez as Wayne Rooney's strike partner.
Despite falling down the pecking order at United over the course of the last year and a half, Berbatov has still managed five goals in his seven Premier League outing this season which marks a fine return for someone so lacking in games. This has alerted many of Europe's big clubs after Berbatov's agent declared earlier in the season that this will be his last at United and it seems that Barcelona may well enter the race for the 31 year-old's signature to provide competition to David Villa and Alexis Sanchez.
If Berbatov is to leave England this summer then it will end a six-year spell in the country after joining Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen in 2006. The Bulgarian foward scored 27 goals in 70 appearances for Tottenham which persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson to make Berbatov the second most expensive player in Premier League history. Barcelona's interest will depend on the progression of young stars such as Christian Tello who, if they continue to develop at their current rate, may be preferred in support of Barca's main attacking threats. Berbatov's experiences with United and record at the highest level, however, may well prove tempting to Vilanova who will be out to re-assert his club as champions of Europe and Spain.