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Manchester City's Carlos Tevez. Picture credit: Phil Noble / REUTERS

Manchester City's Carlos Tevez. Picture credit: Phil Noble / REUTERS

Manchester City's Carlos Tevez. Picture credit: Phil Noble / REUTERS

CARLOS TEVEZ is on the brink of ending his eventful seven-year stay in English football after Manchester City last night accepted a £10million offer from Juventus for the Argentinian.

The striker has won every major club honour since arriving in the Premier League in 2006 with West Ham United and subsequently joining Manchester United and Manchester City but is now in the final year of his contract.

With bonuses, Tevez's existing City contract is potentially worth as much as £17m over the next 12 months and the club are keen to ease their wage bill.

City sporting director Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano, the chief executive, held talks in London yesterday with Juventus officials and reached agreement on a fee that is partially performance-related and worth £10m. Significantly, Tevez has not yet agreed personal terms with Juventus, but he will be in Italy today to undergo a medical.

If personal negotiations progress smoothly and there is no unexpected hitch with the medical, the deal could be completed within 48 hours and he will be offered a three-year contract.

As long as there are no unforeseen hitches, the transfer will bring to an end one of the most eventful Premier League careers.

Signed by West Ham in 2006 despite being the subject of third party ownership, which is against Premier League rules, Tevez scored the goal that kept them up, only for the Londoners to be hit with a massive £5.5million fine for infringing regulations.

Deteriorating

Tevez quickly moved on to Manchester United, where he won two Premier League titles and the Champions League. However, a deteriorating relationship with Alex Ferguson meant Tevez had no hesitation in accepting a massive offer from City in 2009.

The departure of manager Mark Hughes within six months of that deal being done was thought to have significant repercussions though as Tevez failed to connect with the Welshman's replacement Roberto Mancini, whilst the striker's advisor Kia Joorabchian had an equally poor relationship with former chief executive Garry Cook.

Tevez was named skipper in 2010 and led the Blues to an FA Cup final win over Stoke the following year, but simmering discontent erupted in Munich when Tevez opted not to warm-up during a Champions League defeat by Bayern.

Mancini reacted furiously, stating after the match that Tevez would never play for the club again.

Tevez was subsequently put on 'gardening leave' but with the anticipated January move not materialising, he returned to the club in February 2012.

Amazingly, he earned his place back in Mancini's side and against all the odds became a factor in the Blues ending their 44-year wait for the league championship.

Without ever patching up his relationship with Mancini completely, Tevez still made 39 appearances in all competitions, finishing joint top scorer at City with 17 goals.

However, his late winner against Wigan in April now looks like being his last for the club.


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