Manchester United misfit considering Serie A escape

It’s no secret that Dimitar Berbatov’s days at Old Trafford are diminishing and reports are suggesting that Lazio are the latest side to raise an interest in signing the Manchester United outcast.

The 31 year-old has been limited to just five starts in the Premier League this season and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, clubs are raising interest in what could be a valuable cut-price asset.

There is a clause in Berbatov’s contract stipulating that if the club and player wish to do so, the Bulgarian may extend his current deal at United by one year.

It’s been widely reported that the boardroom staff at Old Trafford have been attempting to take advantage of this clause and persuade their forward to add the extra season onto his deal, so that they may command a fee upon his departure rather than lose the player as a free transfer.

Despite his lack of playing time, Berbatov has still shown himself to a prolific talent on his day, netting nine goals and making two assists in his 21 appearances this campaign.

Interest in the striker is high, with Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen also said to be sniffing around his signature.

Sources say that Emil Dantchev, the agent of Dimitar Berbatov, has already met with president of Lazio, Claudio Lotito, with regards to the transfer.

That being said, the player is said to be maintaining high wage demands that could prove a substantial obstacle in any move that might take place.

Berbatov moved to the Red Devils in 2008 for a fee of more than £30m but if he were to complete a summer switch, his fee is expected to be around the £12m mark, less than half of his last transfer value.

Tom is a recent graduate with a degree in Broadcasting from Brighton University, having written for a variety of sports publications, as well as a keen football fan and season ticket holder.