BERBS MOVE CLOSER

Dimitar Berbatov looks closer towards a move away from Manchester United after it was revealed that Turkish club Galatasaray are interested in securing his services, while they are extremely close towards agreeing a deal with Manchester United.

The £ 5 million transfer fee demanded by the English club has been the major deterrent factor in a number of clubs prevented signing Dimitar Berbatov, though bookmakers such as Youwin still expect the Bulgarian to move on before the season starts.

The 31-year-old has an excellent record, despite having played most of the matches from the bench for Manchester United. He made only five appearances as a starter last season.

Manchester United signed the Bulgarian striker from Tottenham for £ 30 million back in 2008. It is the only reason they are not willing to allow him leave the club on a free transfer. It is expected that the club will be able to sign Arsenal striker Robin van Persie if they are able to get a transfer fee for Dimitar Berbatov. Turkish club Galatasaray's participation in the Champions League and in various other European competitions has been in doubt due to the betting scandal engulfing Turkish football. However, they have come out of the scandal successfully and are looking at the possibility of bringing the Bulgarian striker to their stadium.

'We have had discussions with Berbatov's management. We want to have a world-class striker. Our president also wants this. Berbatov is one of the possibilities,' the Galatasaray vice-president Refik Arkan revealed. It is also thought that one of the major stumbling blocks in a possible deal could be the wage demands of the Bulgarian. He is currently earning around £ 110,000 for which, but will not be able to get anywhere near that in Turkish football. However, he is thought to be ready to take a pay cut in order to leave Manchester United, as he wants regular football.