This is stark. raving. mad. A club up the creek without a paddle where finances are concerned, the owner sells the club on the weekend and with less than 10 hours to go to the transfer window, the board are off looking to spend 30m+ (some saying at least 50m if they can get their man in) before the clock strikes 12?
If I was David Gill, I’d quietly get up and go back home. Fuck this, let City have Berbatov. If they want to pay silly money, it’s their business.
Thing is, Berbatov has tasted the false dreams once with Tottenham, he’s not going to want to have a second go at with City so he’s still likely to push for a United move, and if it goes down to the wire United can wait till the last second and drive the price down to what they’d initially offered.
Spurs need to offload Berbatov more than United need Berbatov at this point (the reasoning behind this is here).
I was thinking for the two hours that the whole thing is a rumour fueled by the takeover and the madness that is the last day of the transfer window, but it seems to be the real deal. The player’s not going to be keen to move, it doesn’t make sense on a financial level (way too rash unless they’ve planned it a week or so in advance and know what transfer fee or wages to offer) and you’re not going to get United to raise their offer this way.
Something similar started last weekend with Bayern Munich supposedly interested, but nothing came out of it, and nothing will come out of it as well. Berbatov may well rot at White Hart Lane if he doesn’t come to Old Trafford, but he’s not going to Manchester City.
And the sad thing is, I wish he does (go to City). Go for 30m, save us a packet of money and let’s get on with getting the injured players fit and playing again – they’re good enough to get us over the finishing line this season.
And if they’re offering the wages, then why not, go Berba go, go blue. And wave the Champions League goodbye.