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Manchester City Boss Hopes to Cross Great Divide By Signing £25.5m Striker

Mark Hughes has confirmed his interest in returning to his old club to take Carlos Tevez across Manchester – just 24 hours after completing a straight £12million cash deal to sign Gareth Barry from Aston Villa.

Hughes, backed by his ambitious super-rich billionaire owner, Sheikh Mansour, believes he can tempt Tevez to quit Old Trafford to join his Eastlands revolution.

“Carlos Tevez is a good player. If good players become available then obviously every manager is interested,” Hughes told Sky Sports News.

United are understood to have first refusal on the Argentina international and much will depend on the latest round of talks between chief executive, David Gill, and Kia Joorabchian, the head of the consortium that owns his economic rights, scheduled for the next 48 hours.

A compromise is likely to hinge on United agreeing to pay the £25.5million required to turn the striker’s two-year loan spell into a permanent deal, despite ­Gill describing the sum as “a bit toppy” ahead of the Champions League final defeat by Barcelona.

Tevez cut an unhappy figure towards the end of last season and has openly expressed doubts about his future with the Premier League title-winners, while Joorabchian is believed to have knocked back enquiries from Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Sir Alex Ferguson, who offered the lukewarm assessment that Tevez was “a trier” at the end of last season, may also find himself powerless to prevent his player switching to one of United’s rivals because of his unique, third-party ownership circumstances.

Nick Walsh writes features for Betfair about football betting.

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