EPL 2016/17: Swansea interested in Dimitar Berbatov
The transfer window is done and dusted but the managers are well aware of the free agents who could still add value to their team. Swansea City boss Bob Bradley has expressed his desire in bringing an ex-United ace to solve their striking issues just ahead of their clash against Manchester United on Sunday at home.
Berbatov, 35, himself revealed his eagerness to return to the Premier League having been out of football since he left Greek side PAOK this summer. The Bulgarian is keen to be back in action to an arena pretty well known to him having had successful stints with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, and Fulham.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live Sport, he said, “When you've played in the Premier League you don't want to play anywhere else. In this stage of my career I know where I am - I would happily play for a team where they use my experience and my knowledge.”
“I can help young players develop and make the team stronger. In the end, it's all about helping the team play,” he added.
The Swans signed Fernando Llorente from Sevilla and Borja Baston from Atletico Madrid to boost their striking options before the start of the season. However, they have failed to score as many goals as they would have liked and the manager has been forced to look at other options available and has set his sight on Berbatov.
Scoring just 9 goals while conceding 18, Swansea City have managed just a win, the one on opening day against Burnley, and two draws against Chelsea and Watford to be pushed down to 19th in the league table with just 5 points in 10 games. They desperately need a talisman up front who can change the course of their season in their quest to avoid relegation.
Making his stance very clear he said, “I have met Dimitar a few times and I know he is anxious to get back into the Premier League. Everyone inside our club knows that and so when there are discussions, his name is included. Where it takes us at this time I don't have an answer. But certainly I know about his intentions and I have certainly seen some of the good things he's done in the past.”
“Yes he's on my radar - there are a lot of things on my radar right now,” he added.
With over 200 appearances in the Premier League and two league titles that came as a United player, Berbatov might just be the right man for Bradley who can provide the much-needed experience and flair up front. It remains to be seen whether the deal has materialized but things seem to have a way of falling into place.