Barcelona and Inter Milan Plan £40m Bids to Land Manchester City Star

Eastlands striker on Nou Camp radar.

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MANCHESTER CITY are facing another battle to keep Carlos Tevez.
Barcelona and Inter Milan have already made their interest known and Eastlands chiefs are con- vinced their skipper will look for a move in the summer.

Tevez’s advisors wanted to re-negotiate his City deal, but the club refused.

The Argentine star, 27, is already the country’s best-paid player on £257,000 a week and is only in the second year of a five-year contract.

City hope to thrash out a compromise with an image-rights deal which could net the striker a further £40,000 a week.

But they fear even this may not be enough to appease his advisors.

City talked Tevez out of quitting when he handed in a transfer request earlier this season. And the striker insisted his differences with the club are now behind him.

But Tevez has always listened to his closest advisor Kia Joorabchian over financial and football matters.

If he does so again in the summer, City believe they will be facing another major battle.


One wonders whether £40m rated Carlos Tevez can do his whole “I’m leaving” routine again without it getting boring because any tangible interest from Barcelona will surely tempt the Argentine international who is also the subject of interest from Inter Milan, again sure to be of interest to the former Man United and West Ham man.

Roberto Mancini does of course badly need Tevez to stay as he is by far the most effective tool he has in his attacking tool kit. The likes of Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli have shown glimpses of what they are capable of whereas the likes of Jo and Roque Santa Cruz either never got a chance to prove themselves of in the case of the Brazilian, are just not good enough.

As for the two teams in question it would be interesting to see how they would fit Tevez into their respective attacking plans. Pep Guardiola likes to play with a front three, with Messi acting as a withdrawn front man with David Villa and Pedro coming in from the wings.

Leonardo has two older strikers in Diego Milito and Samuel Eto’o, who are 31 and 29 respectively. Inter have also only just purchased Giampaolo Pazzini who has been a big hit since his arrival, netting four in his first five games.

Surely it’s only a matter of time before Real Madrid take an interest and arguably their need is far greater than either Inter or Barcelona.

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