UPDATE: Quotes from Juventus president: We went for Berbatov after he said no to Fiorentina. He chose Fulham because he wants to stay in England.
Some stunning news from Italy this evening as Fulham’s transfer dealings reach fever pitch. After confirming the sale of star midfielder Mousa Dembele to Tottenham earlier today, they may be looking to an ex-Spurs man as the tonic with reports from Sky Italia suggesting that Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov has rejected Juventus to join Fulham and take up the opportunity to work again with Martin Jol, the man who originally brought Berbatov to England.
Berbatov joined Manchester United, after rejecting fierce rivals Manchester City, from Tottenham in a controversial deal worth £30m 4 summers ago, despite the London club accusing United of improper conduct. Despite struggling to get in the United squad last year ahead of fellow strikers Hernandez, Rooney and Welbeck, Berbatov still managed 7 goals in 12 games including one at Craven Cottage, maintaining his own superb overall strike rate for United which stands at 48 goals in 108 league games, including 20 during the 2010/11 season which earnt him a share of the golden boot along with Carlos Tevez.
As such, there is no doubting his quality and pedigree, and the reported fee of £4m along with wages of less than 40 grand a week would represent a stunning deal for the Bulgarian international, who is now surplus to requirements in Manchester after a busy summer themselves. Berbatov is known for his silky, languid style and sublime technique, so would fit in well with Martin Jol’s attacking and fluid Fulham side, a style that he is familiar with after working under him at Tottenham