Anfield make sensational Etihad Stadium approach.
Manchester City reject Liverpool’s Andy Carroll for Carlos Tevez offer
Liverpool offered Andy Carroll to Manchester City in a straight swap for Carlos Tevez.
Liverpool have made a remarkable bid to swap Andy Carroll with Carlos Tevez and move on their club-record £35m signing not even a year after signing him from Newcastle United.
The Anfield club contacted City on Thursday to ask how much they want for Tevez and whether they would be willing to contemplate a straight exchange with Carroll. Brian Marwood, the City football administrator, rebuffed the idea immediately, even though Carroll is a player Roberto Mancini has admitted admiring when he was at Newcastle.
The move demonstrates how Liverpool are now openly looking at offloading Carroll despite the insistence behind the scenes at Anfield that he can still play a prominent part and Kenny Dalglish’s praise for the player after the 2-1 FA Cup defeat of Manchester United.
Could this really be true? If so there are some obvious observations that leap out at me.
1) If this was true and Andy Carroll learned of this possible swap deal, wouldn’t it shake his confidence to the core?
2) Why would Man City be interested in such a deal? They have the likes of Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero to call upon for firepower, so why would they be keen on the Liverpool marksman?
3) How did this information leak out? Can the source be trusted?
Well on the issue of source, we are talking about @DTguardian of the Observer, who is a well respected journalist so perhaps there is some truth to this potential approach.
Andy Carroll has struggled for form, though probably had one of his best games in Liverpool colours yesterday as he helped Liverpool to defeat Man United in a thrilling FA Cup tie. The £35m has had an extended run in the first team due to Luis Suarez being banned and the former Newcastle United man appears to be benefiting from a regular spot in the starting eleven.
Carlos Tevez has been hawked out to a number of clubs but no side is as yet willing to pay up what Man City think the Argentine is worth. There is no denying that on the field of play the 27 year old striker would be a great addition to any club’s attacking options but his well known headache-inducing behaviour off the field of play plus his huge wage demands have put off the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan and PSG from making a big enough offer.
Kenny Dalglish may well be looking for an attacking addition before the transfer window shuts as his Liverpool side have managed just 25 goals in 22 Premier League matches and if the Merseyside club wants to get back into the top four club then they will need to resolve the problem.
Craig Bellamy has thus far proved a very handy back-up option and Dirk Kuyt struck the winner yesterday to knock out the old enemy but both veteran attackers are probably more effective out wide, hence the need for a new striking purchase.