Date: 30th June 2011 at 6:43pm
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Dimitar Berbatov scores

Could the Bugarian be the key to United's next transfer?

After a few quiet days on the old Samir Nasri to United front, the wonderful interweb has suddenly gone a bit crazy with rumours of medicals being booked and bids prepared.

Whether Arsenal are willing to let Nasri leave, is still open to debate, although the smart money seems to be on Arsene Wenger cashing in on a player with only one year left of his contract, should the midfielder decide he wants to leave.

With Manchester City reportedly being interested in Nasri as well as United, there’s a chance that Arsenal may be able to start something of a bidding war. Realistically though for a player with only a year left on his contract it’s doubtful even City would be willing to pay more than around £20 million.

One way United could tempt Arsenal to part with their French international is by offering a part exchange deal.

It’s no secret that Arsenal are in the market for a striker with Marouane Chamakh stuggling for the second part of last season, Niklas Bendtner seemingly determined to leave and question marks surrounding Robin Van Persie’s ability to complete a full season.

Looking at United’s strikers, its obvious that at least one could leave Old Trafford without it affecting the squad too much.

With Wayne Rooney, Chicharito, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, Danny Welbeck and Kiko Macheda all available it doesn’t seem unfeasible that at least one could leave.

Let’s be honest Rooney, Chicharito and Owen aren’t going anywhere- the former Liverpool hit man recently signed a one year deal, while the other two are fundamental to the team.

That leaves Berbatov, Welbeck and Macheda as possible pawns in a Nasri deal. Personally I’d hate to see Berbatov leave as I think regardless of whether he’s first choice or not he’s still arguably one of the most gifted players in the Premier League.

Danny Welbeck is a personal favourite of mine I genuinely believe that if the lad was given 30 games next season -due to injury no doubt- he’d easily hit double figures and there’s no doubt he’s got the potential to be a future star.

That just leaves Macheda, who at only 19 is definitely years away from anywhere near his peak and despite the lack of goals on his loan spell at Sampdoria he has scored in the Premier League on several occasions.

Ideally from a United point of view, letting Macheda go to Arsenal may well be worth the risk if it brings a proven attacking midfielder of Nasri’s quality to the club.

A manager with such a penchant for working with younger players may be tempted to sign a player like Macheda who’s raw talent is pretty much without question.

However that’s from arguably an ideal scenario for United, there’s no denying that of all the strikers potentially available, Berbatov or Welbeck would offer the greater benefits for Arsenal. Both players have a proven Premier League pedigree, both are hugely talented and while Welbeck has youth on his side, Berbatov would bring an entire different dimension to the Arsenal side.

If I was Arsene Wenger and knew that Nasri was destined to leave then gaining a striker of Berbatov’s quality would be something of a dream scenario, although whether Sir Alex Ferguson would be willing to lose the Bulgarian is doubtful.

With a player of Nasri’s quality on the table, someone who could arguably fit into the vacant hole left by Paul Scholes the United boss may be willing to lose a striker who wasn’t deemed important enough for the Champions League squad.

Would United fans welcome Nasri at the expense of last season’s top scorer, would Arsenal fans be willing to see a former Spurs star at the Emirates? Or have I gone off the deep end (again)? Feel free to comment, suggest and abuse below.



24 responses to “Could Dimitar Berbatov Hold The Key To Samir Nasri Deal?”

  1. keith says:

    wont happen

  2. red devil says:

    doubt fergie would let berba go id b more than happy if he let kiko go as part of the deal cause welbeck owen and berba r further up the peckin order doubt we will even land nasri at the moment its all talk no action !

  3. will says:

    Madness. Utter, utter madness.

  4. kevin says:

    1 thing to say abt this article mr justin…..i think u had too much scotch while u wre writing this article!!!!!

  5. GoonerB says:

    I possibly would accept it. AW seems to collect too many attacking midfielders/wing forwards and I felt last season that RVP aside we lacked enough of a constant goal threat in and around the penalty box. Even if we were to keep Nasri and Cesc I still feel we need a proven striker who will get 25+ goals a season. I had hoped for Benzema or Falcao but maybe Berbatov could do it. If we are bringing in Gervinho and Alvarez we retain good creativity and flare in the attacking midfield/wing forward department anyway so the right striker could leave us stronger than we are currently with Nasri. There are lots of rumours about your noisy neighbours trying to get him. Maybe we could sort out a deal with Tevez coming our way.

  6. ben says:

    this is utter nonsens, arsenal are trying to sell bendnter but have had no concrete offers, by july the 7th he will resume in preseason training, carlos vela is still at the club, chamakh will stay, and arsenal will sign gervinho this week so the idea of man united offering arsenal a striker is completely stupid as arsenal will have 5 strikers. not to mention youngsters who can fill the role if necessary. luke freeman, rhys murphy, jay emmanule thomas, oxlade chamberlin, sanchez watt. arshavin and walcott who can both play upfront as both a natural strikers but wenger plays them on the wing. with fabregas looking to head to barca nasri will get his wages as more money will be available, nasri will play in fabregas’ possition for arsenal. if sir alex was smart he would have signed charlie adam before ashley young as they need cm’s more than wingers.

  7. adz says:

    Nah no player will be involved if we did get nasri, it wud be cash up front only….id like to see him at united but i can just see him going to man city if they offer him a deal over us !

  8. george says:

    would rather have swap deal with city’s tevez

  9. tom says:

    I think berbatov will go but not to arsenal. Nasri is a quality player and would great value at £23 million. He’s got premier league experience and is only 24. Fergie looks like he’s targeting real value in the market. I would have loved sanchez but at £40 million he is expensive. Sneijder again is the exciting option but maybe at £35 million and being 27 he is too expensive, along with £200.000 a week wages.

  10. Matt says:

    What drugs are you on….