World Football Transfer Talk: 5 Clubs That Should Be Vying for Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov has clearly fallen out of favour at Manchester United.
The Bulgarian international is now the fourth choice striker at Old Trafford despite his breakthrough 2010/2011 season, which saw him finish as the joint top scorer in the English Premier League.
However, the success of Javier Hernandez and the emergence of Danny Welbeck means that the 30-year-old Berbatov is now surplus to requirements.
He only has six months left on his contract and it seems likely he will stay until at least the end of this season, although United may look to cash in on him if the right offer comes in January.
Here is a look at five teams who could use the proven goal scoring of Berbatov.
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The Paris Saint-Germain revolution under their new Qatari ownership is now well underway.
After several new signings, PSG currently sit at the top of the French Ligue 1 and have been linked with a move for Berbatov.
They certainly have the cash to make a deal happen, and a reasonably high-profile signing like Berbatov would signal the clubs intention to dominate French football and become a serious contender in Europe.
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Arsenal has been resurgent in the last few weeks and have worked their way up to seventh in the English Premier League.
However, a big concern for them is that they only have one real scoring option. Robin Van Persie has been magnificent and leads the EPL with 11 goals, but behind him no one has scored more than twice for the Gunners.
They have good potential but they lack help up front for Van Persie. They could do worse than looking at acquiring Berbatov who would add some much needed experience, and provide another genuine goal scoring threat.
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Valencia is another club that has been linked with a move for Berbatov.
They have had a great start to the season and sit third on the La Liga table, threatening to keep up with Real Madrid and Barcelona.
However, if they want to hang with the big boys much longer they will need to score more goals. Valencia has only 17 goals from 11 games compared to Real Madrid’s 39 and Barcelona’s 34.
Berbatov would certainly add a goal scoring presence up front, and the 30-year-old may just fancy the lifestyle on the Spanish coast if Valencia did make a bid for him.
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It is questionable whether Berbatov would be willing to play his football for Newcastle but it would be a great purchase for the club if they could make it happen.
Newcastle have had a terrific unbeaten start to the season and are in third place thanks to a remarkable defensive record, one which has seen them concede just eight goals in 11 games.
They are a team on the rise but up front more goals are needed to make them a serious contender.
Newcastle appears to have found a replacement for Andy Carroll in Demba Ba who has scored eight times already this season. He could use some help, though, and Berbatov would be a nice fit.
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Berbatov has been linked with a move back to London where he made his name in English football with Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham have a nice combination to work with up front with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor, who have seven goals between them so far this season.
They are also getting help from midfield with Rafael van der Vaart (6) and Gareth Bale (4) scoring regularly.
But bringing back the experienced Berbatov would add another goal scoring option for Spurs.
Tottenham, currently fifth, have made a solid start to the season as they look to make a push back into the top four and return to Champions League football.