Sunday 25 June 2017

City line up £38m (€43.5m) Aguero swoop

Ken Lawrence , in San Francisco

Manchester City will make a final attempt to convince Carlos Tevez to pledge his future to them by holding talks with the striker in the next 24 hours.

City, although growing increasingly resigned to losing their captain following a new offer of £40m by Corinthians, are anxious to give him every opportunity to remain and lead them into the new season.

Dialogue is ongoing between City's director of football Brian Marwood and his Corinthians counterpart Edu -- the former Arsenal midfielder -- although there have been no formal discussions on how the Brazilian club would pay such a vast sum.

City had wanted any fee for Tevez to be paid up front, but their approach has softened as the club's hierarchy have come to recognise that the 27-year-old is sincere in his desire to return to South America and his former club to be closer to his two children, who live with his estranged wife in Argentina.

Manager Roberto Mancini is anxious that the saga be brought to an end so he and his squad can concentrate fully on City's first Champions League campaign and an attempt at securing a first league title since 1968.

City are ready to trigger a £38m release clause in Sergio Aguero's contract with Atletico Madrid as a replacement for the man for whom they paid about £30m when he left Old Trafford two years ago.

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First, however, Tevez will be contacted personally, something that can now be done because Argentina were knocked out of the Copa America by Uruguay on penalties on Saturday night. No other club has made an offer for Tevez, but if he is to go to Corinthians the matter must sorted out fast because the Brazilian transfer window closes on Wednesday.

Vincent Kompany, the defender lined up to wear the captain's armband should Tevez insist that there is no way back for him at the club, says he would like the attacker to stay but maintains that even if he does depart, City will continue to develop.

"He's a great player but players come and go, it happens in football," he said, after City beat Club America 2-0 in San Francisco in the first of their three games in the Herbalife World Football Challenge.

"The team is bigger than any player. Whether that's me or Carlos or any player who leaves, we'll keep moving forward. We've had good players leaving in previous seasons and we've always gone forward.

"He's still a City player for now so I think respect is due, but we've had great players, like Robinho and others, who have moved on. With them it's great, but without them we find a solution.

"Last season, players got injured and even without them we still moved forward but as long as he's my team-mate, I will defend and support him. That's what we do here."

Kompany says that in Edin Dzeko there is already someone around who can indeed help City move on.

He said: "He moved at the most difficult part of the season. But now he'll be more comfortable. I can see him having a massive impact for us."

Mancini revealed that he will be one of those to talk to Tevez, and the Italian also dismissed the condemnation of him by Arsene Wenger, who said his pursuit of Samir Nasri was "disrespectful and out of order".

"I will probably speak to him (Tevez) but not right now because he is probably more upset than Arsene!" he said.

Ryan McGivern and Shaun Wright-Phillips scored the first-half goals that beat the Mexicans before a crowd of only 11,250 at the AT&T Park Stadium. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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