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Manchester bring Robinho and Berbatov

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Manchester Duo – City and United respectively – beat the transfer deadline to complete a total of £63 million deal for Real Madrid ace Robinho and Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Manchester City signed Brazil forward Robinho for a British-record £32.5 million, a day after the Brazilian held a press conference stating his desire to join Chelsea.

The move will have stunned the Blues, who remained confident of signing the speedy little forward.

But Real president Ramón Calderón appeared unwilling to do business with Chelsea, after the London club making public their interest before a deal had been agreed.

And City, boosted by prospective new owners The Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment (ABUG), made their move and was able to reach an agreement on transfer deadline day.

City had earlier a £34 million offer accepted by Tottenham for Berbatov before the Bulgarian striker instead joined crosstown rivals Manchester United.

United will pay £30.75 million for the striker plus a one-year loan deal of United forward Frazier Campbell.

Spurs also agreed to drop an official complaint to the Premier League over United's pursuit of Berbatov.

Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted to finally seize the 27-year-old striker as he admitted the transfer was a key signing.

Berbatov, who agreed a four-year contract worth £100,000-a-week, will wear the No. 9 shirt that was freed earlier when United sold Louis Saha to Everton.

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