Date: 1st September 2008 at 8:09am
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The Berbatov saga will be over by midnight. That is certain: we will know if he joined or not. And if he joins, we’ll learn what’s the price – we’ll learn whether Frazier Campbell is included in any deal.

This rumour, namely that we’ll give Campbell and some money for the Bulgarian, is a worrying one. For a long time there was no talk about any swap deal: the problem was thought to be that Spurs wanted Ł30m while we were only prepared to pay Ł25m.

Now the question is simple: is including Campbell in the deal 1) a wild invention of the press 2) Spurs’ idea or 3) United’s idea.

If any of the first two is the answer, then there is no problem. The media’s knack for inventing amazing transfer deals is well-known and it would be logical if Spurs, bereft of their strikers, would want one in return for selling another one.

But if United offered Campbell, then something’s seriously wrong. I mean, rather than paying Ł5m more we end up giving away one of our most talented youngsters? That is not a good business, no matter how we look at it.