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Leading scorer in the Premier League in talks over new contract but Sir Alex would sanction a summer sale, with Bayern Munich and Juventus among the interested clubs

By Greg Stobart | Northern Correspondent

Manchester United are prepared to sell Dimitar Berbatov in the summer if they receive an offer in excess of £20 million, UK has learned.

The Bulgarian striker is desperate to end his career at Old Trafford and is in advanced talks over a new three-year contract worth £120,000-a-week, despite hoping for a longer extension to his current agreement, which runs until summer 2012.

But UK understands Sir Alex Ferguson would consider selling Berbatov at the end of the season and re-investing in new talent to support forwards Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez.

It would take an offer of more than £20m for Ferguson to sell the 30-year-old, who is attracting strong interest from German giants Bayern Munich as well as clubs in Italy.

Berbatov, who is the top scorer in the Premier League this season with 20 goals, is privately concerned that United may see see the new deal as a way of maximising their potential return on a saleable asset.

The former Tottenham man is likely to start against West Ham on Saturday after falling behind Hernandez in the pecking order at Old Trafford and starting just one of the Premier League leaders' last six matches.

Berbatov has constantly divided United supports since his £30.75m move from Spurs in 2008, and Ferguson understands the summer transfer window could be his last opportunity to recoup a significant amount of that initial transfer fee.

The United boss is planning a summer overhaul of his squad and has £50m to spend plus funds raised from player sales. Wesley Sneijder, Luka Modric, Jack Rodwell and Ashley Young are targets, while the Premier League leaders will also sign a goalkeeper to replace Edwin van der Sar after he retires at the end of the season.

United chief executive David Gill has recently tied Patrice Evra, Wayne Rooney, Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick to long-term contracts, but Berbatov and Paul Scholes are yet to sign extensions.

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