Transfer round-up 20/4
Rant’s continuing ad-hoc round-up of the summer’s transfer news, gossip and reports from around the web. In today’s very special everybody’s leaving edition.. Manchester United misfit Zoran Tošić (remember him) plots life elsewhere, Dimitar Berbatov is a wanted man and Ben Foster aims to resurrect a dying career in the Midlands.
Tošić: I want to stay at Cologne
“I would like to stay at the club. The most important thing for any player is regular first-team football and I like Cologne, but I know any decision on my future will only be made in the summer,” said the 23-year-old Serbian winger. Tošić, who cost United £6 million almost 18 months ago is currently on-loan at the Bundeliga club after featuring in just five games for the club.
Dimitar Berbatov wanted in Milan
The Italian giants, who United knocked out of the Champions League this season, want Berbatov and will pay up to £20 million for the much criticised Bulgarian. Although Milan, desperately short of cash and seeking to offload star striker Pato, seem unlikely suitors a source told the Sun a bid is forthcoming.
“No contact has been made yet but we admire Berbatov,” said the unnamed ‘insider’, not believed to be Russell Crowe.
“He is a strong player who would do very well in Italy. Whether something can be arranged remains to be seen. It has been difficult for Berbatov in Manchester but he is a good player who has a lot to offer.”
On no he isn’t: agent
“The situation is clear, the future of Dimitar would still be at Manchester, he is happy there,” agent Emil Dantchev told Calciomercato.
“A difficult relationship with Ferguson? I cannot and don’t want to comment on these speculations from the press.
“I can only say that I have not scheduled any meeting with Ferguson, because there is no need.
“I have read the article on Milan, I can just say that it is a market rumour and it is not real.”
Ben Foster heads to Birmingham
United’s third-choice stopper Ben Foster, England’s number one at the start of the season and now on the metaphorical football scrapheap, will resurrect his career at Birmingham City. That’s if former Sir Alex Ferguson protegé Alex McCleish gets his way with a loan move in the summer.
Haris Vuckic to United?
No Rant doesn’t know who he is either but £5 million bid is on the cards for Newcastle United’s 17-year-old ‘wonderkid’ if the papers are to be believed.