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Carlos Tevez Transfer Saga: Italy May Be Next Destination

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With the reported deal between Manchester City and Corinthians to send star striker Carlos Tevez falling through this week, it has left the star and team with more questions than answers.  During this entire summer transfer window, Tevez has maintained his wish to leave Manchester so that he could be closer to his home and family in Argentina, but with only a couple of weeks remaining to get a deal done, it appears that Tevez may end up wearing an Inter Milan jersey. Or, if that falls through, he’ll be sporting a City jersey for one more season.  But how did Tevez get to this point, in which, a heroic player wants to leave his club?

Tevez is a wonderful scorer and playmaker, but as this process has dragged on, many football fans have grown tired of the daily updates of will he or won’t he stay.  Tevez already forced his way out of Manchester United back in 2009, which he cannot be entirely blamed for.  Although loved by many of the fans, he was always going to be in Wayne Rooney’s shadow and not the number one option at striker.  There were also reports that Tevez did not have a good relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson.  So after the 2009 season, despite being United’s rivals, it made sense for Tevez to leave to go to Manchester City.  It didn’t hurt that City was offering to make him one of the highest paid players in England.

That should be where the story ends, right? Tevez got his money and had the opportunity to play for an up-and-coming squad.  Not quite.  In the two years that Tevez has played for City, he has made constant comments about the poor weather and lack of entertainment in Manchester as well as his need to be closer to his family.  All of this has lead to this summer transfer window, where there seems to be an unspoken ultimatum to get Tevez out of Manchester City.  I don’t want to underestimate Tevez’s need to be closer to his family.  That is something that most people can relate to.  But what I don’t understand is why didn’t Tevez know his geography before he signed his contract with Manchester City in 2009?  Did he not know what the city of Manchester was like before or did he just realize that there tends to be long stretches of cool and rainy weather?

With the Corinthians deal evaporating, Tevez doesn’t have many options left.  There are rumors that Italian teams like Inter Milan and Juventus are interested as well as Real Madrid.  But with it being late in the transfer window, most clubs have already spent their money and could not afford such a large transfer fee that it would take to acquire Tevez.  So it looks like he may be forced to go back to City where he is sure to be questioned by the media, fans and teammates about his commitment to the club.

There is no doubt that this saga has the ability to divide the City locker room.  Some players will be on Tevez’s side because he gives them the best chance to win.  While there will be those players who have grown tired of their moody teammate.  It is already well known that Tevez does not get along well with Roberto Mancini. And this summer’s possible exodus surely has done nothing to ease the strained relationship.  If this is the case, what affect will it have on the play of Manchester City?  Just last season, we had examples of how an unhappy star player can weigh down a club like Liverpool and Arsenal.  City certainly has other talented players on the squad that could keep them competitive in the Premier League, but they will need a healthy and focused Tevez to win the league.

The 2011-2012 season is an enormous one for Tevez and his legacy.  He is in the prime of his career and Manchester City is poised to overtake their cross-town rivals for the league title.  They have also qualified for the Champions League and will be a favorite to do well in that competition as well.  If Tevez is able to lead his side to glory, he will be remembered as one of the best players to have played in England in the past twenty years and all of the Corinthians mess will have been forgotten.  Then again, we might be going through all of these transfer rumors again in January.

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  1. Barry Muir

    July 25, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Ok I’m getting a bit sick of listening to tevez’s constant whining, it must be awful to get paid a fortune for doing what you love. The whole homesick excuse doesn’t fly with me, last time I checked Spain and Italy were further from Argentina than England. Great player, but he can, and will be replaced.

  2. Mucky Fingers

    July 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    The problem for Tevez (and Adebayor) and so many other players who’ve transferred over to City for the high paycheck is that once they’ve decided they don’t like City, or that City doesn’t like them, they want out, but no other club is willing to pay the exuberant transfer fee. Their greed comes back to bite them in the ass.

    I’m so grateful for the success he’s brought to City, but I’m kind of curious to see how they’d do without him. Some of the better City matches in the 2010-2011 season were ones without Tevez, that allowed the team as a whole to shine and offer more playful ball. It looks like too much of City’s workmanlike approach revolves around Tevez.

    As many other have properly noted before, South Americans don’t like the ways and means of English culture. Tevez probably wants a top Spanish club, but will settle for somewhere in Italy if need be.

  3. MUFC77

    July 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    “poised to overtake Utd and win the league” and “favorite to do well in the Champions league”, get off the drugs mate.

    As for Tevez i reckon hes going to end up staying, I just dont see any of the big European clubs coming up with the 45-50m it would need to get him.

    What I dont understand is why City are allegedly targeting Aguero as a replacemant, how long before he decides he doesn’t like Manchester’s weather and culture and pisses and moans about a move back to la liga. At least with Tevez hes proven what he can do on the pitch in the EPL so you can overlook some of him crap.

    • O'Neil

      July 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Did the writer just say that Tevez could be remembered as one of the top players in the past twenty year? My ass. He is a good goal scorer at times. But he doesn’t have the balls to maintain the goal scoring pace year after year after year. He will always be a crying little bitch while he plays in the EPL. There is only one Manchester in Manchester. It doesn’t end with City.

    • Ardwickian

      July 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      I assume the 77 is your age,going of your senile postings.

  4. Dave C

    July 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Well at least a move to Italy will give him the opportunity to be nearer his family, which is what he always wanted, and he’ll settle into life over there, because there’ll be no language barrier…

    Oh wait, that doesn’t make sense…

    Tevez is an idiot.

    • Why?

      July 23, 2011 at 8:28 am

      He wants to move to a Country that his ex-wife (back together now?) and kids will move to that use a Latin based language where the life style is more like what they are used to. Italy, Spain and Portugal fit the bill in Europe. The language barrier in no where near the same as England.

      Does it make a bit more sense for you now?

      Oh by the way just because you have read reports in the media (not known for their bullshxt) doesn’t mean he is going to Milan, I’d say this makes you more than a idiot than Tevez.

      I have a feeling he will still be at City next year but if not he will be replaced by another just as good. The fans have not warmed to him because of this constant behaviour, but respect him as a player even though.

  5. FC Asheville

    July 22, 2011 at 8:40 am

    It’s a good thing he endlessly busts his ass on the field because his off the field actions are tiresome at best. Give me a break with all the talk of spending time with his kids. If I recall, the last time he went AWOL for this reason he was caught partying on the beach with his kids on another continent!

  6. Mekias

    July 22, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Does he have a problem with authority? It doesn’t seem like he gets along with anyone who he sees as having power over him. Maybe he’s just a diva. Wanting everything his way and as soon as someone denies him, he whines and cries about it and demands a transfer.

    You bring up a good point, how did he not know what Manchester was like when he was with ManU? The answer, of course, is that the money outweighed any other concerns he had at the time. Forgive me if I’m not feeling sorry for the guy.

    For all his crap off the field, I’m really glad that he isn’t leaving for Brazil. I love to watch him on the field and I would probably never do so if he left Europe.

    • Barry muir

      July 25, 2011 at 5:56 am

      Excellent comments, totally agree. I wonder what happened to City’s interest in Cavani, he looks the real deal tome.

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