Rossoneri eye Tevez.Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez remains a transfer target for AC Milan this summer, according to the agent involved in negotiating the deal.
Tevez has been linked with a move to the Serie A for some time, with Milan’s January bid for the striker collapsing at the last moment due to Alexandre Pato’s sale to Paris Saint-Germain being cancelled. However, the deal is reportedly back on, following the expected exit of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the San Siro to PSG.
Last week, Tevez poured cold water on transfer talk, claiming he is “settled” at City. But the agent at the heart of Milan’s attempt to lure the Argentine to Italy last winter, Giuseppe Riso, says the time may now be right for the move to be concluded.
“Tevez to Milan would be a complicated negotiation, but certainly he remains one of [Milan chief executive Adriano] Galliani’s dreams,” Riso told Sky Sport Italia.
“Perhaps this is the right time for the move. I am leaving for Manchester, yes, but not for business relating to the future of this player. But, whilst on a trip you can achieve many things.”
Tevez’s future has been the subject of much speculation since he refused to warm-up during a Champions League clash at Bayern Munich last year, leading manager Roberto Mancini to claim he would not play for the club again.
Carlos Tevez is a tricky fellow to suss. One minute he hates Manchester and is never going to return there (not even on holiday) and the next he is enjoying life at the Champions and looking forward to helping them retain their Premier League crown.
During the Argentine’s turbulent year, one club more than any other have been touted as possible suitors: AC Milan.
In the past, it was hard to take the Rossoneri’s interest seriously, particularly given the riches they already possessed up front and the inflated price that mega-rich City would inevitably demand for Tevez.
But, dare we suggest it, this summer it looks as though everything is in place for the outspoken forward to swap rainy Manchester for sunny Milan.
The Serie A giants are in cash after agreeing to sell Thiago Silva (confirmed) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (should be confirmed next week) to oil-rich PSG for a combined total of around £55 million.
Milan will now need to replace Ibrahimovic and Flippo Inzaghi, who was released last month, making the signing of a striker a top priority.
What’s more, the Italian club are undergoing a dramatic overhaul of the playing staff this summer, having released a number of ageing legends including Inzaghi, Clarence Seedorf, Mark Van Bommel and Alessandro Nesta, and would welcome a star name like Tevez as the centrepiece of their rebuilding operation.
As for City, boss Roberto Mancini has already confirmed this summer but he must sell one striker before he can pursue another. Assuming Emmanuel Adebayor doesn’t count, it means the Italian will have to ship out one of Tevez or Edin Dzeko if he is to land his number one target Robin van Persie of Arsenal.
All these factors mean that Tevez’s soap opera of a stay at the Etihad Stadium could finally reach a conclusion this summer.
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