Just when it looked like Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov was headed to Fiorentina, Juventus has jumped in the race and might steal him from the team's Serie A foes, according to Romeo Agresti of Goal.com.
UPDATE: Wednesday, August 29 at 6:25 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
Fiorentina are reportedly outraged over Juventus' intervention in their negotiations with the United forward.
Fox Soccer and Four Four Two's James Horncastle reported Fiorentina's displeasure with the recent turn of events via Twitter.
Fiorentina furious. Claim they got green light from United and a verbal agreement from Berba. Paid for tickets to Florence. Never turned up— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) August 29, 2012
Fiorentina slam the “arrogance of other clubs” in hijacking Berba deal.— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) August 29, 2012
If Juve's ruthless strategy leads Berbatov to Turin, it will certainly an intriguing match when the Italian champions take the pitch against Fiorentina.
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The report states Berbatov was scheduled to make his way to Fiorentina headquarters to complete the transfer after an agreement was reached with United, but the late interest from the defending Italian champions has caused him to stall the process.
Berbatov has become lost in the shuffle at Old Trafford, especially after the team completed a high-profile move for Robin van Persie just before the start of the new campaign.
He made only 12 Premier League appearances last season.
Along with Van Persie, the Red Devils also have Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez up front, which leaves very little playing time for the 31-year-old veteran. So it's no surprise he's been linked to several teams.
The main reason Berbatov has decided against finishing the Fiorentina move is Juventus' more lucrative offer, according to the Goal.com report. The Vecchia Signora are willing to give him slightly more than £2 million per year.
Now Manchester United must decided between trying to work out a new deal with Juventus or stick with Fiorentina's agreed-upon price and hope Berbatov eventually completes it. And time is an issue with the window set to close at month's end.
The Red Devils will likely want to move Berbatov before the deadline passes since he won't play an important role with the club if he stays.
It's just a matter of getting the sudden chaos wrapped up quickly.