Manchester City have rejected a £35million bid for Carlos Tevez from Brazilian side Corinthians. The Eastlands outfit has slapped a £50million valuation on their club captain, however, Corinthians are not expected to increase their initial offer for the wantaway striker. When asked by Lance newspaper about the possibility of City demanding more money for Tevez, Corinthians president Andres Sanchez said: “If they ask this, Tevez will stay.”
Manchester City is the last club in the world that has the right to be greedy, but from here it seems they are looking to extort more from Corinthians or perhaps draw Real Madrid into the bidding. It’s not like the situation with Luka Modric, with Tottenham insisting their Croatian playmaker is not for sale and it seems the City fans aren’t keen on holding on to an unhappy player. City will let Tevez leave and are reportedly considering paying the £40million necessary to activate the release clause in Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero’s contract. Diego Maradona’s son-in-law would be a fine replacement for Tevez, provided he has no issues with Manchester’s restaurants or weather.
But rather than complaining about being stuck in Manchester, Tevez could help his situation by taking a leaf out of David Beckham’s book. After realising just how poor the standard of the MLS was, Beckham part-funded his loan switch from LA Galaxy to AC Milan in March 2009, saying: “It’s never about money, it’s always been about the football.” If Tevez is that desperate to secure a move away from the Etihad Stadium, he ought to draw up a similar offer. Don’t forget, he’s earning a reported £1million a month. In doing this, he’d prove that it is all about his family, as he claims, and would probably go up in the estimation of the City fans.
There are many out there who will be unable to believe this is not about money, particularly when considering who Carlos Tevez’s adviser is. While Kia Joorabchian has described Tevez’s potential move to South America as an attractive option for everyone, he has also claimed that a move to Spain would also solve the problems for all involved. I’m sure it would, providing the price is right. Don’t be surprised if the Argentine striker ends up in Spain on £300,000 a month, then demands another move in two years’ time.