Costa del Sol getaway an option for Berbatov

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has emerged as a surprise target for cash-happy Malaga, according to the Daily Star.

The former Bulgaria national team captain has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the aftermath of last season’s Champions League final against Barcelona, when he failed to even make the bench.

Berbatov, who arrived for a club record €30.7m from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008, has received much criticism about his level of performance ever since the move, despite being named the Premier League’s top scorer last season with 20 goals.

The 30-year-old is at present the only player in the first-team squad to have less than a year left on his current agreement, and the recent contract renewals of Javier Hernandez and Antonio Valencia indicate Berbatov may have to wait.

United chief executive David Gill confirmed that talks for a new deal will not be beginning anytime soon. Gill is quoted by the English newspaper as saying: “There is an option to extend Dimitar’s contract by another year on the club’s side but there’s no point yet. We have until the end of the season, so we can assess how it goes, talk to him and see how he performs.”

It is believed that the former Spurs and Bayer Leverkusen man would command a fee of around €17m. However, he would cost significantly less in January if it becomes clear his contract will not be renewed.

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