Dimitar Berbatov: 5 Possible Destinations for the Man United Forward
Dimitar Berbatov has been on his way out of Manchester United for awhile, as the Bulgarian international has barely seen the pitch at all in the past 12 months.
Just one season after scoring 20 Premier League goals, Berbatov was resigned to the bench for most of the 2011-12 season due to the development of Danny Welbeck and Chicharito, as well as the continued success of Wayne Rooney.
Now, Berbatov is looking to get his career back on track with a move away from Old Trafford and a rumor published earlier today only added to the speculation.
Where the 31-year-old will go is not known yet, but sitting on the bench at Manchester United will not work for Berbatov.
Many older players who have finished stints with big clubs go back to where their success started.
This could be the case for Berbatov and Bayer Leverkeusen.
Leverkeusen did the same thing with Michael Ballack last season, as he returned to the Bundesliga from Chelsea, and with Andre Schurrle possibly moving this summer, Berbatov could be an option to bring in as an experienced veteran up front to replace the young star.
With big names like Samuel Eto'o and Yuri Zhirkov already on the Anzhi roster, Berbatov could join the Russian club as a big money offer could be out there.
A move to Anzhi was rumored to be happening in January, but nothing came of the offer.
The club also would not have to worry about the fatigue of Berbatov, as he only played in 12 Premier League games this season and the Russian Premier League begins in July, one month before the rest of Europe.
Berbatov could follow the path of Miroslav Klose as a struggling veteran looking to revive his career at the same place Klose did this season, Lazio.
The Klose example should be something Berbatov considers in moving to the Rome-based club.
Also, Berbatov would get a chance to play European football, as Lazio finished fourth in Serie A and will play in the Europa League next season.
Galatasaray are no stranger to plucking players away from the Premier League, as they signed Johan Elmander from Bolton and Emmanuel Eboue from Arsenal last summer.
Those two players played a big part in winning the Turkish League title with the club this season.
Galatasaray were willing to offer seven-and-a-half million euros, according to this report earlier in the season.
That transfer fee may be even cheaper now that Berbatov has not played for most of the season.
One advantage of moving to Turkey will be Champions League play for Berbatov instead of playing in the Europa League like he would have to do if moving to Leverkeusen or Lazio.
Liverpool were the latest club to be mentioned in the chase of Berbatov's signature.
Liverpool fans will always remember Berbatov, as the Bulgarian scored a magnificent overhead goal in 2010 when he scored a hat trick for United against their rival club.
However, this report has be taken a bit less seriously, as it came out before Kenny Dalglish was sacked at Anfield.
With Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll being the only experienced forwards on the roster, Berbatov could prove to be a valuable third option for whoever takes over as new manager.
The problem with a Liverpool move is, if Berbatov moves there and the new manager does not want him in his plans, it could present a situation just like the one he faces right now at Manchester United.