Tevez to cost £50m if Brazil deal collapses
Published 20/07/2011 | 05:00
The price on the head of Carlos Tevez will rise to beyond £50m if Corinthians fail to buy him today.
Manchester City are, according to one official, "quite comfortable" about their stance in feisty and complicated negotiations over the Argentinian's proposed return to South America at what they see as a knock-down price of £38m.
If Corinthians do not meet City's pre-contract demands in time to beat the close of the Brazilian transfer window at midnight tonight, Tevez will remain gettable -- but only for a far greater price.
From the start of the transfer process brought about by Tevez's desire to be closer to his children -- who live with his estranged wife in Argentina -- City officials have been concerned that the Corinthians bid was an effort to force them to sell to a European club, and Inter Milan are one of those still watching developments.
None of City's potential new Champions League rivals will get him as cheaply as Corinthians, however. Chief executive Garry Cook and City's Abu Dhabi United Group owners, while they have tried to show Tevez sympathy because of his family concerns, will play hard-ball with any other parties in terms of the price and will not even consider a straight transfer to another English club.
City are prepared to let the scenario with Corinthians go right to the wire, having insisted that they want the first of four payments made up front and that they want to see bank guarantees before rubber-stamping any transfer.
Cook has a £38m proposal for the purchase of 23-year-old striker Sergio Aguero in his outbox, but it will not be sent to Atletico Madrid until the Tevez deal either beats the clock, or busts.