Relationship between Eastlands boss and star striker at breaking point…apparently?
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Manchester City are willing to offload Carlos Tevez next summer if they can sign a suitably high-profile replacement, with Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres top of their priority list.
Tevez has had a series of bust-ups with City manager Roberto Mancini, who has grown increasingly frustrated with the striker’s attitude.
Insiders have told Goal.com UK that the striker’s relationship with Mancini is so poor that both parties would welcome a change at the end of the season.
Rooney’s desire to leave Manchester United could pave the way for a huge bid from City for a player who Mancini believes could lead the attack in the same buccaneering style as his former Old Trafford colleague Tevez.
City sources insist that the possibility of an audacious Rooney, 24, offer has only just come on the agenda and has not been formally discussed yet but his availability could be ideal timing given Tevez’s willingness to leave.
However City are also closely-monitoring the situation of Fernando Torres, 26, at Liverpool whom they tried to sign in the summer. The out-of-form Spaniard is expected to leave next year barring a massive turnaround in the team’s fortunes.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of Tevez and the Bernabeu could provide the next stop-off point in his nomadic career.
It was reported that Mancini and Tevez had a bust-up during City’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle earlier this month but it is understood that was merely the latest in a series of stand-offs involving the pair. (Goal.com)
Would Roberto Mancini really be willing to allow his talismanic striker leave? One understands that the pair may have had a bust up but clearly this has not affected the Argentine’s ability to score goals and hasn’t unduly affected the progress of Man City as a whole.
Perhaps the relationship between the two is indeed fiery and there are many cases of such relationships working to the benefit of all concerned. There are many occasions when players and manager do not see eye to eye but as long as both respect the other’s ability to do their jobs then does it really matter?
Clearly Mancini still sees the former West Ham and Man United man as the best striking option he has and Tevez is after all the top scorer in the Premier League and hasn’t stopped scoring since he joined the club last summer.