Monday, 22nd August, 2011
Paris Saint-Germain Sporting Director Leonardo has admitted that the French giants made an approach for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.
The Bulgarian was tipped to leave Old Trafford at the start of the summer and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson omitted the former Tottenham Hotspur man from his Champions League final group.
However, Ferguson had a rethink over the course of pre-season and is happy for Berbatov to remain at the English champions, despite his contract having just one year left to run.
"I had Ferguson on the phone", said Leonardo to France Football, "but he said he was counting on Berbatov and that he was not for sale."
PSG have splashed the cash this summer, splurging €45M on Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore, snapping up Mohamed Sissoko from Juventus and raiding fellow Ligue 1 sides for Kevin Gameiro and Blaise Matuidi. A big money bid for Berbatov therefore was well within reach.
But Ferguson will not deplete his attacking options without a replacement being lined up first and his refusal to deal indicates that the United manager will not enter the transfer market for a striker before the window closes.