Date: 28th July 2008 at 4:41pm
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Tottenham reportedly demand Ł38m for Dimitar Berbatov – and United will not pay it.

The English press report that we have pulled out of our pursuit of Berbatov after learning that Spurs will not lower the aforementioned price which is quite frankly ridiculous.

Berbatov is a class act. His first touch is unrivalled in the Premier League, he’s a good finisher and a threat in the air as well. His intelligence on and off the ball is obvious and he would be a huge asset for United.

But come off it, Ł38m? He’s 27, his last season was mediocre at best – I know it wasn’t because of his skills but because of lack of motivation but still -, and he’s never played in the Champions League yet.

United are reportedly ready to pay Ł20m which is much closer to a realistic price. Maybe too low but Ł25m, for example, is really a reasonable amount for Berbatov – and I don’t think Spurs will be able to extract any more money from any club for the Bulgarian who, according to Levy himself, expressed his desire to leave the club.

UPDATE: I of course overlooked the fact that Berbatov had played for Bayer Leverkusen before Tottenham and as such, he’s got Champions League experience – he even played in the final in 2002!

Thanks for everyone pointing it out, now I’m going to put my head in a bucket of water. I still say that he’s not worth Ł38m, though.