Manchester United set to smash British transfer record by signing £35m striker

The Red Devils certainly don’t do things by halves when it comes to recruiting players. As they have demonstrated with the purchases of Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Owen Hargreaves, they are prepared to splash the cash in order to bring high calibre players to Old Trafford.

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Man United’s latest signing is set to be their biggest yet, with Carlos Tevez finally about to become a permanent fixture at the club. It’s easy to forget that the Argentine is still on loan to the English champions, although the Daily Telegraph report that Sir Alex Ferguson will finally get his man for a very princely sum!

The Argentine, who join United from West Ham a year ago, is half-way through a two year loan arrangement between United and sports investment firm, MSI, who own the player’s economic rights.

Both parties are eager to push through the deal which is expected to rise to a figure of around £35 million, considerably more than the £30.6 million Chelsea paid AC Milan for Andrei Shevchenko.

United are currently paying around £5 million a season to ‘lease’ Tevez, with an option to buy him outright at any time.

Though a deal may be struck this week, full payment may be delayed until January, or even next summer, so as not to limit Sir Alex Ferguson’s transfer budget in this window.

Most Manchester United fans would surely agree that this is money well spent on a striker who played a vital role for Fergie’s team last season. Tevez has many years ahead of him and, like Rooney, the club’s owners will see this as a long-term investment and a welcome antidote to the Cristiano Ronaldo saga.

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