Wenger: Why I didn’t buy Berbatov
Arsene Wenger has shed some light on the gossip that he once chased Dimitar Berbatov.
The Bulgarian striker has been one of the Premier League’s most prized strikers ever since his arrival at Tottenham in 2006, shinning at White Hart Lane before attracting a move to Manchester United in 2008.
Despite all his exploits, one move he did not attract was a bid from Arsene Wenger who claims that contrary to reports that he made transfer inquiries about the former Bundesliga star at some point, he was never actually interested in the player.
The Gunners will be up against Berbatov on Saturday in their trip to Fulham, and even though the Bulgarian was up for grabs in the transfer market prior to his move from Old Trafford to Craven Cottage last summer, Arsene Wenger insists he was even unaware that the striker was for sale.
Indeed, according to the Frenchman, the Gunners were never in need of the 32-year-old’s services.
“No (I was never interested in him) because he went to Man United.” Wenger said
“I didn’t even know that Man United wanted to sell him. He went to Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen. At that time we didn’t look for strikers. We had what was needed.”
“I knew that he was a good player because I’ve seen him with Leverkusen but I was never on the case (to sign him).