Manchester United are preparing to make an offer for Borussia Dortmund’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, in a move which could see Dimitar Berbatov transferred to the German side as part of the deal, according to the Daily Star.
Lewandowski helped his side win the Bundesliga with a league record points haul of 81, scoring 30 goals in all competitions, and is set to play a major role for hosts Poland at this summer’s Euro 2012 championships.
Dortmund also won the German Cup this season, with Lewandowski netting a hat-trick as the champions demolished Champions League finalists Bayern Munich 5-2.
The Manchester Evening News reports that Sir Alex Ferguson is keen for a deal to be completed ahead of the European Championships, believing that strong performances for Poland will raise the transfer fee of the striker.
Berbatov was United’s record signing, costing 30.75 million pounds ($47 million) when he joined from Tottenham in 2008, but he has admitted his time at Old Trafford is over.
“My time at Manchester United is running out,” Berbatov announced, before adding “I no longer feel like a valuable part of this team.”
Prior to joining Tottenham in 2006, Berbatov was a huge success in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, with a number of other German clubs keen on signing the 31 year-old.
Berbatov wants to leave Man Utd
Striker Dimitar Berbatov wants to leave Manchester United because he feels he has fallen out of favour with manager Alex Ferguson.
"My time at Manchester United is running out," the 31-year-old Bulgarian told bTV on Sunday. "I no longer feel like a valuable part of this team."
The Premier League club took up an extra year's option on the former Bulgaria captain's contract in March despite him slipping down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
"I think I did well in the few opportunities that I received," he said. "But I am a little frustrated by the way this happened, I do not think I deserved it."
Berbatov, who is Bulgaria's all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, joined United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 for 30.7 million pounds ($48.53 million).
"I've talked 10 times or even more with the manager and he always told me there would be a place for me in the team. But after that I continued to stay on the bench," he said.
"But I have dignity and I stopped going to such meetings, it is clear that I'm leaving United. It's obvious that I have to leave.
"I'm looking for a new place now... I know I can still play at the highest level."
Berbatov has been linked in the media with several clubs from Italy, Germany, France and Turkey, but he said he would not join United's city rivals Manchester City.
"I would never join Man City, I am a loyal person after all," he said. "I had the opportunity to sign for City in the past, but I chose United."