Former Manchester United and Tottenham star, Dimitar Berbatov, will not be kept on by French side Monaco when his contract expires in a few weeks. Berbatov netted nine goals in 37 games in all competitions for Monaco last season. The 34-year-old Bulgarian forward has been linked with a surprise move to newly promoted side, AFC Bournemouth this summer as they look to add experience and goals to their squad. Eddie Howe’s men earned promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history after topping the Championship.
Bournemouth proved to everyone last season that they are more than capable of punching above their weight by storming to the Championship title and despite the odds of them surviving in the Premier League being stacked against them, one can be sure that the Cherries won’t make it easy for other sides to beat them. Bournemouth need to stay realistic as the Premier League is an unforgiving division and if the new boys are not well equipped, they could face the harsh realities of fighting against the drop for majority of the campaign. Berbatov seems like a perfect buy for them, with his Premier League experience and goal-scoring ability.
There is a great possibility that Bournemouth could sign Berbatov after the striker was released by Monaco yesterday. Berbatov was reportedly on over £100,000-a-week at Monaco and he is unlikely to want to see that amount drop by much. This could be the only factor stopping the move.
To confirm Berbatov’s release, Monaco posted the following message on their website,
“Monaco want to thank Dimitar Berbatov, this great champion, for everything he achieved for the club.
“His character, his professionalism and his great talent helped the team achieve their goals in Ligue 1 and in the Champions League. Monaco wish him the best for the future.”