Dimitar Berbatov Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Potential Aston Villa Move

Free agent Dimitar Berbatov is reportedly close to agreeing a deal that’d see him join Aston Villa, with the veteran forward apparently keen on another season in the Premier League before he hangs up his boots.

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Villa Closing in on Berbatov

Wednesday, July 29

According to Peter Edwards of the Daily Express, the 34-year-old’s close friend and former Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov informed Tim Sherwood that the former Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Fulham striker wants a move back to England and “personal terms are being discussed.”

Edwards quoted a source who is “close to the player” in his piece:

They need a top striker now because they sold Christian Benteke to Liverpool. You don’t have many strikers with experience in the Premier League available at the moment.

I know Dimitar has offers from Germany [Werder Bremen] and Turkey but his desire is to play in England once again. His family also prefers England and this could be his last chance to play there.

The article also quoted Berbatov, who was released by Monaco at the end of last season, as previously stating that it’d be a “pleasure” to return to the Premier League.

James Dall of ESPN is excited about the prospect of the Bulgarian potentially linking up with Emmanuel Adebayor, who Sky Sports claim is also close to joining the Midlands club:

If Berbatov was to join, he’d bring his nonchalant quality to Villa Park. The forward is very much a luxury player, whose dislike of work rate and closing down is well known. But he has a silky-smooth touch and the ability to carve out openings from absolutely nothing.

As aforementioned, Villa need a striker too. But is Berbatov really the right fit for a Villa side that were all about high-intensity play under the tutelage of Sherwood last season? The club’s former striker Andy Gray isn’t too enthused by the prospect of the transfer, per Alan Brazil of talkSPORT:

But Berbatov wouldn’t be leading the line on his own, nor would he be partnering Adebayor up top on too many occasions. In the twilight of his career he’d play a bit-part role in this Villa squad and his experience would be a vital commodity in what’s a young group of players.

Sherwood will know the player well from his time at Tottenham and on a free transfer, it’d be a relatively low risk move. If the mercurial Bulgarian could produce a few more nonchalant moments of magic in the iconic claret and blue next season, it’d be a deal worth pursuing for the Villains.

$10m for remote healthcare unveiled in NT, four years after federal offer

Dialysis clinics and accommodation for remote renal patients who need to relocate for treatment will be funded over three years

A plan to spend $10m in federal funds on dialysis support services for remote-living Indigenous patients in the Northern Territory has been announced, four years after the money was offered.

Related: Charlie’s story: life and death of the man forced to sleep rough while on dialysis

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LUISAVIAROMA Drops “Mini Me” Editorial for Kids’ Fashion Lines

Achim Lippoth, founder of kid’s wear magazine, has compiled the latest looks from LUISAVIAROMA’s children’s collection into an editorial titled “Mini Me.” Both girls and boys are shot in children’s gear from the likes of Lanvin Petite, Salvatore Ferragamo, Kenzo Kids, Stella McCartney Kids and Dolce & Gabbana; head over to LUISAVIAROMA’s dedicated kids section for more adorable children’s garb.

For more steezy kids head over to the kid’s wear website and for more unorthodox lookbooks, take a look at some dogs wearing sunglasses in Highsnobiety‘s “Dawgs of Summer” editorial.

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Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane, Michael Bradley out of MLS All-Stars vs. Tottenham

Los Angeles Galaxy duo Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane, as well as Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley, will miss the MLS All-Stars match against Tottenham Hotspur through injury.

Coach Pablo Mastroeni will have to do without three significant players, all of whom were likely to start, when Spurs visit Denver on Wednesday night, reported James Andrew of the MailOnline. This disappointment adds to the absence of New York City FC’s Frank Lampard and New England Revolution’s Chris Tierney.

However, Mastroeni’s squad now welcomes two of Galaxy’s most exciting players in Juninho and Gyasi Zardes. The Denver crowd will also get to see local favourite Sam Cronin of the Colorado Rapids in action, while Columbus Crew pair Ethan Finlay and Waylon Francis have also been added to the squad.

Spurs’ visit would have been a familiar challenge for Gerrard, Keane and Lampard, three former Premier League stars who are well-versed with facing one of England’s toughest sides. Keane enjoyed two hugely successful spells with the club, and having found a new lease of life since moving to the United States, he would have offered the All-Stars’ most prominent threat.

Although Gerrard and Lampard are still settling after their recent transfers, their experience could have been key. There’s the age-old question of whether the pair can play together in England—often asked because they produced an underwhelming partnership for the national team—so we’re not going to receive any answers on Wednesday.

This encounter is Spurs’ penultimate pre-season fixture prior to facing Manchester United in the Premier League opener on Aug. 8. Mauricio Pochettino’s men finished fifth last season, largely thanks to the incredible output of youngster Harry Kane. The 22-year-old scored 21 goals last term, with only Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero netting more.

Spurs’ DeAndre Yedlin, who signed from Seattle Sounders earlier this year, will be familiar to American audiences. He shot to prominence after a fantastic 2014 World Cup and recently took time to answer questions about the upcoming match, per Spurs’ Twitter account:

Ex-Tottenham man Clint Dempsey, who didn’t enjoy the best of times at White Hart Lane, will also be looking to impact the match against his old team.

MLS All-Stars secured a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich last year after losing 3-1 to Italian side Roma in 2013. Spurs will come to play attacking, well-organised football with plenty of overlapping runs down the wings. 

While Mastroeni’s preparation may have been severely impacted by late omissions from the team, he should also look to get numbers forward on the break. Spurs struggled against counter-attacking sides last season and are prone to getting stuck in first gear if Kane and Christian Eriksen become isolated.

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This is the only hotel on Granville Island – the late-1970s experiment in urban renewal of the once-industrial False Creek area, which has become one of Vancouver’s most successful public spaces. The 82-room property has water views and an industrial aesthetic in line with the island’s architectural guidelines: that new buildings should reflect the area’s industrial past, when it was a hub for mining, shipping and logging. The best place to take advantage of the island’s bustling public market, the hotel has also become a foodie hub. With its own craft brewery spanning the centre of the hotel, its Dockside restaurant has become known for its sustainable seafood menu. On a sunny day here, with the right harbour view, it’s easy to transform Vancouver into a Mediterranean idyll. In the cooler months it’s a cosy getaway, headquarters for the Vancouver writers fest and a great place to visit the many arts spaces in the area.
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