United agree $56 fee for Berbatov

Man Utd’s pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov looks set after the Red Devils reportedly agreed a US$56 fee with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Bulgarian has long been on United’s radar after his stunning first season with Spurs two seasons ago. United were reportedly close to clinching Berbatov’s signature last summer, before Spurs nipped in to secure his long term future at White Hart Lane.

However, there seems to be no such reprieve for the North London side this time around, with Berba’s agent confirming that his client had received a formal offer from Sir Alex Ferguson’s United and has expressed a wish to leave Spurs.

Despite stating publicly that Berbatov is not for sale, Spurs chief Juande Ramos has privately conceded defeat in his bid to keep the Bulgarian for next season, with Tottenham already swooping in for Espanyol forward Luis Garcia and eyeing Euro 2008 star Andrei Arshavin as another potential replacement.

According to the English broadsheet The Daily Telegraph, a fee of US$56 million, subject to performance-related add-ons, has been agreed by both parties.

Although still a hefty price tag, the fee is actually US$4 million lower than the original bounty placed on the player. Despite this decrease, the proposed fee is still considered as a coup for Tottenham, with the club having previously rejected United’s first offer of US$40 million.

Originally posted at espnstar.com


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