Stamford Bridge side could make late bid for Etihad Stadium striker.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is considering a last ditch bid for Man City striker Carlos Tevez as he looks to boost his Stamford Bridge striking options. With Fernando Torres continuing to fail to deliver in goal-scoring terms and having sold Nicolas Anelka to Shenhua Shanghai and Didier Drogba yet to agree a new contract deal, the West London side may well have a need to sign a new marksman.
Tevez has been strongly linked with interest from PSG, Inter and AC Milan but as yet no club has been ready to meet Man City’s reported £25m valuation. Though the 27 year old Argentine international has been labelled a major headache off the field of play the former West Ham and Man United man is undoubtedly a proven Premier League goal-scorer and Villas-Boas will discuss the possibility of sanctioning a bid with Blues owner Roman Abramovich.
Roberto Mancini has publicly declared that Tevez will not play again for Man City whilst he is still Etihad Stadium boss leaving the club seemingly desperate to sell the striker, though not for any less than they deem he worth. During his first two seasons at the club he netted a very healthy 43 goals, finishing joint top scorer in the division last term, along with Dimitar Berbatov.
Though there has been a great deal of speculation that one of the chief reasons for Tevez’s disruptive behaviour was in relation to his desire to leave the club to join another that was nearer to his family in Buenos Aires, however his agent has been in talks with French and Italian sides that are clearly no nearer geographically to Argentina, thus suggesting that a move to another Premier League side would be welcomed.
Man City are not in the habit of selling players to direct rivals but given that the table toppers now sit some 13 points clear of Chelsea, Mancini may feel that such a move would not represent a helping hand to a side who could challenge for the title this term.
With time running out in this transfer window Man City may well be ready to sell to any club that pays the fee they request for Tevez, regardless of if they are Premier League based or not.
Mancini has more than enough firepower in his Man City locker, having seen Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli all score on a regular basis this term, therefore making the sale of Tevez all the more painless.