Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov has been deemed surplus to requirements and the club are reportedly looking for prospective buyers. The Bulgarian who joined United in 2008 has scored 56 goals for the club in 149 appearances. However, the presence of the indispensable Wayne Rooney in the attack and the emergence of young talent in Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez have reduced the striker’s role in the team. He made just 12 league appearances last season despite finishing as the league’s highest scorer in the previous season.
The 6’2″ forward has received extreme reviews during his time at Manchester. While he has displayed his technical abilities and footballing intelligence to single-handedly win many a match for Sir Ferguson’s team, he has at times been laid back and predictable while going forward. Though this talent has been acknowledged, his performances on the pitch have been described as inconsistent at best.
On the wrong side of thirty, the Red Devils’ striker has a few seasons left under his belt and would desperately seek more playing time. He has also made his desire for more game time clear when he tweeted that it was time to bid adieu when he no longer got sufficient playing chances.
It is believed that he could be let go for as little as 5 million dollars, one-sixth of the hefty 31 million dollars that United paid to acquire his services four years ago. The low valuation for the striker can possibly be explained by the fact that he has only 12 months left in his contract. Although no concrete offers have been made to secure him as yet, we can surely expect one or two in the near future.
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