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Manchester United: Selling Berbatov to PSG Could Make Sneijder Deal Much Easier

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Blackpool at Old Trafford on May 22, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Sean BabcockCorrespondent IIAugust 3, 2011

Having already spent in excess of £50 million on new talent this summer, how exactly can Manchester United justify the rumored purchase of Holland International Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan?

Start selling, that's how.

Recently, Paris St-Germain of France have expressed interest in United's 2010-11 leading goal scorer, Dimitar Berbatov, for a fee rumored to be in the range of £20 million. And United might very well be willing to consider it.

Joining his reserve squad for a friendly matchup in Monaco, Alex Ferguson was asked if Berbatov would be a good fit at PSG. Smiling, Ferguson responded, "Yes. Absolutely, no problem."

Of course, that hardly qualifies as a conclusive statement of interest in selling the Bulgarian to the French club, but the implications are great. And with United in need to free up some funds if they really intend to make another go at Sneijder, it could be a very good move.

Despite being the Premier League's top goal scorer last season, Berbatov has fallen out of favor with Ferguson as United's starting roles at the striker position seem set for Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez in the coming campaign.

With Berbatov currently earning an estimated £110,000 per week, the move would also aid United in the contract disputes that were rumored to have hindered negotiations with Sneijder last time around. With such big names on their books, United could not at the time justify the £200,000 a week that Sneijder was said to want from the club.

With United still facing questions of who they can use to replace Paul Scholes' iconic presence at midfield, Sneijder could certainly prove to be just the answer they're looking for. But they'll have to clear one glaring hurdle in the process: Sneijder is expensive.

If they want him badly enough, offloading Berbatov may be just the solution they need.

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