What seemed like a done deal that would send Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United's bench to striker-desperate Fiorentina descended into farce on Wednesday. The result was Berbatov being linked to Juventus and Fulham, and Fiorentina issuing an amazing press release condemning all parties involved.
According to Fiorentina, they had a deal in place with both Man United and Berbatov and even paid for the Bulgarian to fly to Florence to finalize everything. But when the plane touched down, The Berba had disappeared. Reports of Juventus swooping in for him began to surface and once it seemed the Serie A champions were his new destination, the story changed to Berbatov possibly joining Fulham. And this has all happened in one day.
"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.
"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."
Since The Berba seems to flirt with football clubs the way he does his adoring Berba-babes, this was always going to happen. This is why Man United never got too attached to Dimitar and continually tried to make him work for the club's affection. Because when you fall for the seductive gaze of The Continental, he turns his attention to his next conquest.