Despite Kia Joorabchian, Sir Alex, and anyone related to Manchester United or Carlos Tevez assuring the press that all was well with the Argentinian’s proposed moved to Old Trafford, the Independent is reporting that things could yet go all West Ham,
Manchester United could be charged with “tapping up” Carlos Tevez if they continue to push for the striker’s Â£35m transfer without the agreement of the Premier League.
So far the Premiership champions have done nothing wrong in their attempts to sign the 23-year-old Argentine despite the controversy surrounding the complicated saga. But if Tevez flies into Manchester next week for a medical, which his adviser Kia Joorabchian said will take place on Wednesday, United could risk the wrath of the Premier League.
The organisation argue that United should be dealing directly with West Ham United, Tevez’s current club and the holders of his registration, and not Joorabchian. Yesterday a Premier League source warned that failure to do so could be a breach of their rules and therefore a case of approaching a contracted player without the permission of his employer. The punishments for the offence range from a fine to a ban on transfer activity for up to two transfer windows.
So while the ‘Gentleman’s Agreement‘ may have helped United avoid trouble over Tim Howard’s move to Everton, it seems like things are not quite so straightforward when you’re trying to sign the most scrutinised player in many years in terms of transfers. West Ham didn’t get off, so to avoid calls of bias it’s likely the Premier League will err on the side of caution and investigate the bollocks off this one.
But, call us cynical, but we don’t see United having any problems getting Tevez into a red shirt for next season. Just the same way there has never been a penalty given at Old Trafford in over 1,000 years.