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The half-truth, partial truths and nothing but lies: the Carlos Tevez transfer saga rolls on

Where will Tevez be playing next season?

What is going on with this one? Now that the closure of the Brazilian transfer window has put the kibosh on Carlos Tevez’s proposed move back to Corinthians, the wantaway striker will have to seek a move to Real Madrid, Internatzionale or Juventus now. The Corinthians story may even have been a ploy to draw the likes of Real Madrid out – Tevez’s advisor Kia Joorabchian even said that a move to Spain would solve everybody’s problems around the time that Corinthians tabled a £35million bid for the striker.

It’s been a bit confusing since then. When City rejected the initial bid, Corinthians president Andres Sanchez signalled that the Sao Paulo club would be unlikely to increase their offer for Tevez. It was later announced by City manager Roberto Mancini that the club had accepted a bid for the Argentine forward from Corinthians and he was free to discuss personal terms. This claim was denied by the Brazilian club, with the announcement that an offer from Manchester City was being considered. Throw in rumours of City demanding £50million and a clause that would prevent Tevez from playing in Europe for a couple of seasons and it’s all a bit murky.

Maybe it’s just that they’ve had a dodgy phone connection between Manchester and Sao Paulo. But it seems like people are just walking into rooms and saying things. I’m also beginning to question how much of a clue Mancini actually has and what kind of say he has on transfer dealings at Eastlands. Given the way he openly talks about players City could sign, coupled with his apparent lack of interest in allowing most of his multi-million pound signings to play regular first team football, you have to wonder if it’s like the situation with Roman Abramovich signing the players he wants for Chelsea. Sometimes Mancini seems like he’s playing Footy Manager as City, the way a six-year-old would.

Now the Brazilian transfer window is shut and it’s all over. For Corinthians anyway. We did say it wouldn’t be a great surprise if Tevez were to end up playing Spain or Italy soon. Just waiting on the rumours about Inter, Real Madrid and Juve to begin again..