The official party line is that Dimitar Berbatov is not for sale and that Manchester United are looking ahead to a new campaign with the Bulgarian on their books.
However, the forward’s omission from the Red Devils Champions League final squad was a major surprise and Sir Alex Ferguson’s recent comments made to a French journalist suggest that Berbatov could yet be leaving Old Trafford before the end of August.
When asked by a French television journalist if the £30 million signing could play for Paris St-Germain, Ferguson responded by saying “Yes, absolutely no problem” and reports have previously suggested that PSG would like nothing better than to land Berbatov.
Nevertheless, United chief executive David Gill did state at the weekend that the English champions want to retain Berbatov’s services, despite the fact that Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez are now regarded as the team’s first-choice strike partnership.
He said: “Everyone has been talking about Berbatov from the outside, saying he wants to leave or that we want him to leave, but we don’t want him to go. We want him to stay. He scored 20 goals last season, so there is no desire on our behalf to see him go.”