It was widely believed Berbatov would join Fiorentina with many sources reporting he had flown into Florence, but Berbatov dismissed transfer speculation on his Facebook page as ‘lies’.
Fiorentina claim that a deal was in place and they had paid for the Bulgarian to fly over to Italy to complete his move, so it must have infuriated them to find out that he was apparently contemplating moves to Juventus as well as Fulham.
With Berbatov’s destination still unsure, one thing that is certain is that he won’t be a Fiorentina player after the club released a statement expressing their displeasure with the Bulgarian:
“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.”