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Germany more likely than Spain or Italy for Man Utd outcast Berbatov

| 21.03.2012

It is odds-on that Dimitar Berbatov remains a Premier League player next season, but a return to the Bundesliga at 2/1 looks perhaps the most likely option for the Manchester United striker.

Berbatov has become increasingly frustrated at Old Trafford, but still wants to test himself in a top European League rather than chase the money elsewhere in the world.

However, despite his agent Emil Danchev indicating that Berbatov “will probably leave England”, it is 5/6 that the Bulgarian will still be plying his trade in the Premier League next season.

Manchester United are to sign Berbatov for another season due to a clause in his contract and this will prevent him leaving on a free transfer in the summer.

A sum in the region of £6m is likely to encourage Manchester United to sell and it is hard to believe that one top European club will not be willing to take a slight risk on the striker.

Berbatov has averaged better than a goal every two Premier League games during his Manchester United career with 49 goals in 82 top-flight appearances.

Meanwhile, he has seven goals in ten games this season, of which only five were starts.

Berbatov previously helped Bayer Leverkusen reach the Champions League final in 2001/02 and he would almost certainly be welcomed back, while Bayern Munich would probably be interested if Mario Gomez or Thomas Mueller leave this summer.

It is 7/1 that Berbatov is playing in France next season and this is possible given Paris Saint-Germain’s big spending nature, while Marseille will have money to spend if selling Loic Remy for anywhere near his £20m asking price.

Berbatov is 8/1 to move to Italy in the summer and this is unlikely given that AC Milan have a squad full of strikers, Juventus have made Gonzalo Higuain their chief target and Inter Milan are focusing on younger talent.

Lazio look the only real Italian option.

Therefore, Spain is a better bet at 8/1, as Malaga or Valencia, assuming they sell Roberto Soldado, are both clubs that could appeal to Berbatov.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.