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Dimitar Berbatov To Be Used As Bait To Land Luka Modric?

Man Utd will trigger a one-year contract extension clause in Dimitar Berbatov’s contract this week,and then use him as bait to land Tottenham’s Luka Modric.

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Manchester United will trigger a one-year contract extension clause in Dimitar Berbatov’s contract this week, but could then use him as bait to land Tottenham’s Luka Modric in the summer, according to Goal.com.

Berbatov’s contract expires in the summer and United have till the end of the week to trigger a clause that will extent it by a further 12 months. Once triggered the Red Devils won’t lose the striker for nothing in the summer, when it’s expected Berbatov will leave Old Trafford, and they will be able to demand a fee for his signature.

Goal.com claim that United value the 31-year-old at between £6-£8m and will attempt to use the Bulgarian as bait to sign long-term target Luka Modric from Spurs this summer.

The report suggests that while Tottenham don’t want to sell Modric, they may struggle to reject a bid in excess of £40m. That sort of fee is beyond United’s reach though, so they hope that by including former-Spurs favourite Berbatov in the deal, they will be able to negotiate a more attainable price for Modric.

Should this swap-deal go through, it would be something of a coup for both United and Tottenham. Modric remains a target for Chelsea, so should Fergie be able to bring him to Old Trafford he would certainly have got one-up on the Blues.

While Berbatov is struggling to break into the United first team, there is little doubt he is still a fine footballer who will be on the wish-list of many European clubs in the summer. It would obviously be a huge blow if Spurs were to lose Modric, but getting last seasons Premier League top-scorer in return as well as a large fee wouldn’t be the worst piece of business for the Londoners.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. david moser

    March 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I sincerely hope that Spurs, under any circumstances, do not take that traitorous dog Berbatov back

  2. Christospur

    March 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    This is hilarious

    For one, Spurs turned down £40m for Modric, so the fee will have to be in excess of £40m…

    Second, with Spurs aiming to become title challengers – they wouldnt be selling to rivals

    This means, Spurs will only consider selling him overseas. Throw into the mix if Russian/Chinese clubs get involved, the ‘interested parties’ would need to pay a huge fee.

    • Football Talk

      March 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      @Christospurs

      “so the fee will have to be in excess of £40m” – Think the article says exactly that doesn’t it? That it will take a bid in excess of £40m? “they may struggle to reject a bid in excess of £40m.”?

      I understand you thinking Spurs wouldn’t want to sell to a ‘rival’, but it may all come down to what Modric’s stance is. If he kicks up a fuss like last year, it will be very difficult to keep him for another year, irrespective of contracts, etc. Also, you don’t mention the fact United and Chelsea can offer him far more in wages than Spurs can? Do you not think that will be a factor?

      • heylookeverybodyitsamoron

        March 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm

        The main factor is Berbatoss will NEVER be welcome back at the lane after what he done. Period. What next Sol Campbell lined up as a swap deal for Bale? Fuck sake…

  3. TSpur

    March 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Not likely… Nice try though Bacon Face!

  4. jim

    March 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Grasping at straws as usual. I heard we are going to use Gomes as bait to lure Rooney.

    • heylookeverybodyitsamoron

      March 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      ITK – Dos Santos for Messi and £40m…an yeah you read it the right way around.

  5. heylookeverybodyitsamoron

    March 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Do you actually read what you have writtin or does it just fall out of your face like the diarrhea that it clearly is?

  6. John

    March 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Your havinng us on. Although 31 plus years young is Harrys usual type of signing going by the last transfer window.

  7. Tony

    March 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Have I taken a wrong stop and ended up in the outskirts of loonyville. Utter drivel!

  8. stuart senior

    March 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    why in gods name would we want that turd back as for modric sell him abroad

  9. amf 00769

    March 20, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Offering him as bait will have the same effect as offering the Chief Rabbi a bacon sandwich.
    We don’t want him!!!!

  10. eze mgbada

    March 22, 2012 at 8:45 am

    we need modrich 4 manutd nd we lov him so much

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