Berbatov snubs Fiorentina move

Dimitar Berbatov has rejected the chance to join Fiorentina by pulling out of a deal at the last moment.

The Bulgarian striker is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and as such is on the market for around £5 million.

The Viola were frontrunners to sign the gifted attacker, but they have revealed that Berbatov has turned his back on a switch to Florence.

“ACF Fiorentina announce that the transfer for Dimitar Berbatov definitively collapsed after an agreement with Manchester United had been concluded (with shared exchange of contracts, the first instalment paid and the financial guarantees for the second instalment ratified) and after reaching a verbal agreement with the player over his contract,” read a club statement, translated to English by Sky Sports.

“During today the English club had allowed their player the written permission to come to Florence for a medical and to sign his contract.

“The player got on the flight with his agent and on tickets paid for by Fiorentina. He never arrived in Florence.

“This was down to outlandish and arrogant behaviour of other clubs, who have nothing to do with fair play and sporting ethics that go even beyond the confines of fairness.

“As for the player, apart from his characteristics and his value on the field, at this stage we are happy he didn’t come to Fiorentina. He did not deserve our city, to wear our jersey or the values that represent it,” it concluded.

Fulham have now emerged as the favourites to sign Berbatov, as the player worked with Martin Jol whilst they were both at Tottenham.

By Gareth McKnight