Berbatov talks up England return
Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov has moved to confirm reports linking him with a summer move to England.
The 34-year-old is a free agent after he was released from his contract at Monaco, and he has been widely tipped to return to English Premier League, with newcomers Bournemouth reportedly keen.
And it looks as though Premiership fans will get another opportunity to watch the former Manchester United striker in action as he hopes to move back to England.
“It’ll be a pleasure (to return to England),” Berbatov told reporters in Sofia. “I spent a long time in England and I keep very good memories. Everyone is watching the English championship and the Premier League, and I’ll be delighted to return.
“I feel good and I think I still have a lot to give to football.”
Dimitar Berbatov enjoyed very successful spells with Tottenham, Manchester United and Fulham, scoring a total of 94 goals in 229 Premier League appearances.
Bryan Ruiz nears Sporting switch
Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz is on the verge of joining Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon, A Bola has learned.
The Lions had expressed their interest in the highly rated attacker as the season was drawing to a close and they have since stepped up their efforts.
According to A Bola, Ruiz is interested in moving to Estadio Jose Alvalade and the deal should be wrapped up in the coming days.
The two clubs are currently negotiating the transfer fee which should be between €1.3 million and €1.8 million.
Bryan Ruiz Gonzalez, 29, will be glad to leave Fulham after four difficult years at Craven Cottage and hopefully kick-start his career in Portugal.
The forward scored 4 goals in 29 league outings during the final season with the Cottagers, helping the team avoid relegation to League One.
Juan Quintero set for Porto exit
Portuguese daily newspaper O Jogo understands that Colombian midfielder Juan Quintero could be leaving FC Porto this summer.
The 22-year-old has failed to nail down a regular starting berth at Estadio do Dragao and the Dragons appear ready to offload the talented footballer.
But, seeing as Porto officials still believe Quintero can develop into a high-quality midfielder, they would prefer to farm him out on loan.
Brazilian giants Flamengo are the only side to have expressed their interest up to date, but it is believed the Colombia international would prefer to remain in Europe.
Despite the lack of action at club level, Quintero made three appearances for los Cafeteros at the 2014 World Cup, scoring one goal.
However, he has missed out on the final Colombia squad for the upcoming 2015 Copa America, where Jose Pekerman’s side are 2/5 favourites to see off Venezuela in the opener.