Man Utd to consider Berbatov free transfer

Manchester United face a financial dilemma over the future of striker Dimitar Berbatov, The Telegraph reports.

Berbatov has been frozen out of the first team plans at Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and young striker Danny Welbeck ahead of him at United. The Bulgarian signed for £30.75m back in 2009, but has not impressed all United fans. Sir Alex Ferguson left Berbatov out of the squad for last season’s Champions League final and Berbatov’s future has been in doubt since then.

The Bulgarian has six months left on his deal, but has not been contacted by the club over a new deal. Berbatov has started just one Premier League game this season, but United face problems over recouping some of the fee they paid Tottenham. Berbatov will be able to talk to clubs at the end of the season over a free transfer if he does not sign a new deal and United may add another year on his contract to add value. The Premier League champions will have to make that move before January 1st.

Berbatov’s current deal sees him collect £100,000 a week at Old Trafford and United are concerned whether they should extend the deal. The Old Trafford chiefs are weighing up the possibility of either letting him leave for nothing at the end of the season or seeing him leave the club in the summer of 2013 having collected £5m wages and not really playing. The Bulgarian is not expected to be in the United starting lineup to face Fulham at Craven Cottage tonight.

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