United use ‘bait’ in £22m playmaker chase – reports

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Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly ready to use Dimitar Berbatov as ‘bait’ to get prized playmaker Luka Modric, according to the Daily Star.

Modric has long been a favourite to make the switch to Manchester United, and despite a Chelsea bid of £22 million being turned down, Ferguson is reportedly confident that if he can offer Berbatov, Tottenham might be tempted.

Tottenham could use an up front star, and with Berbatov the top scorer for Manchester United, and the Barclays Premier League or that matter, Harry Redknapp may have his head turned by a cash-plus-player deal after saying no to Chelsea.


While Berbatov has been a star for United, the purchase of Javier Hernandez and the Mexican youngster’s appropriate pairing with Wayne Rooney have seen Berbatov fall out of favour with Ferguson.

The Bulgarian recently said he wants to stay at Manchester United, but Ferguson is keen to get rid of the striker while his value is still high, so the manager can recuperate some of the £30.7 million spent on Berbatov in 2008.

Redknapp recently said that a £22 million offer for Modric was beyond ridiculous, telling reporters: “Luka is not for sale. If there has been a bid of £22m that is ridiculous. There are people being sold for £20m who are not fit to lace Luka’s boots.

“If an offer comes which is good for Tottenham and for me also, then a transfer is possible.”

Berbatov might just be an offer for Tottenham that Redknapp can’t refuse.

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