Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov’s comments about Tottenham winger Gareth Bale being ‘the best player in the world’ is increasing talk surrounding a possible offer from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer transfer period.
As initially reported by the Sunday Express, rumours are gaining ground that Ferguson has over £100 million to spend this summer, and Bale is at the top of the Manchester United manager’s list.
Now Berbatov, once a Tottenham player himself until he was acquired by Ferguson and United in 2008, has given momentum to transfer speculation by praising Bale’s ability.
“When I was there Bale was a talented teenager, now he's one of the best players in the world. I saw he had potential. He trained hard and was pushing to be involved," he told the Manchester United website.
"I'm glad they kept faith in him - other teams were interested in buying him - now they're reaping the rewards."
The United boss went to a lot of effort to lure Berbatov away from Tottenham in 2008, even being reported by Spurs to the Barclays Premier League for his courting of the gifted striker.
Although intially struggling to make a lasting impact at Old Trafford, Berbatov has flourished this season, and has scored 46 goals in his United career thus far. He is currently the highest scorer in the Premier League with 19 goals this campaign.
And Berbatov might be just the man to entice Bale to join the 18 time Champions, especially if Tottenham don’t qualify for next season’s Champions League at the end of the season.