Manchester United Transfer News: Players on the Way out of Old Trafford

James Shim@shimmersiamCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and AFC Ajax at Old Trafford on February 23, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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With the first EPL transfer period well underway, teams have undergone another summer with players coming in and out. The season is set to start soon as well, and with the transfer window slowly coming to an end, teams are still trying to make last minute moves to revamp their rosters in any way. 

Manchester United has already had a busy transfer window, losing a total of total of seven players, including Park Ji-Sung, Michael Owen, and loaning out Fabio da Silva. In addition to these losses, they have also added Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund and Nick Powell from Crewe. 

With their rivals from Manchester City taking the title last season, United looks to bounce back from their second place finish last season, and hope for a title run this time around. 

With the season right around the corner, and the transfer window closing, two more of United's players may be on their way out. 

Dimitar Berbatov, as well as Nani, may find themselves out of Old Trafford and playing with another squad. 

Let's start with Berbatov. 

According to, Berbatov has indicated his desire to leave Manchester United. 

At age 31, Berbatov has seen his first-team opportunities decline and has expressed his displeasure with his current role coming off the bench. Although he possesses great ball control at his age, the Bulgarian has found himself losing playing time due to younger players in Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck. 

Only featured 12 times last season, Berbatov has publicly displayed his displeasure with the team. According to Telegraph Sports, he is quoted as saying, "My time at Manchester United is running out. I no longer feel like a valuable part of this team."


According to The Mirror, the teams chasing the current  £30 million man include Lazio, PSG, and Turkish club Galatasaray. 

The Sun is reporting that PSG "are leading the chase," in adding Berbatov to their squad. Berbatov’s agent Emil Danchev has said: “PSG’s project can really interest him because he wants to play in the Champions League next year."

The next player that may find himself out of Old Trafford is Portuguese midfielder Nani. 

With two years still remaining on his current deal, it's hard to see why the Red Devils would let go of a player as talented as Nani. Longtime manager Alex Ferguson has often disregarded him in support of playing Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young. 

According to, contract talks with the Portugese winger have stalled, and Nani has hinted he may leave the club. 

In the same report, he is quoted as saying, "Now I am really happy but I don't know about my future. Now I will study opportunities. Football is not only about England or Spain. It is possible to enjoy success in other countries." 

While it is believed that Nani would stay in Old Trafford, Talksport has reported that Spanish champions Real Madrid have targeted Nani to add to their roster. With plenty of money, and fellow Portuguese teammate Christiano Ronaldo there, Madrid may make a good run at snatching the 25-year-old from Manchester. It's also worthy to note that Nani's agent also represents Christiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid coach José Mourinho.

With the first transfer period slowly coming to a close, only time will tell if these players stay or leave Old Trafford.


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