Corinthians offer Tévez €40m escape route
Carlos Tévez has been offered the chance of an emotional return to Corinthians after the Sao Paulo club tabled a €40m offer for the Manchester City striker.
According to sources in Brazil, Corinthians faxed their bid to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium offices on Monday and are now awaiting a response from the Premier League club. They are, however, hopeful that the player will press for a move, given it represents a chance to return to South America where he will be closer to his family.
City, who had placed a €50m valuation on the striker, must now decide how to respond to Corinthians’ offer, the first concrete bid for the player this summer.
The Argentine striker’s contract, under which he earns about £200,000 a week, runs until 2014, although his future has been the subject of almost constant conjecture over the past 12 months.
He handed in a transfer request last year, which was rejected by City, and reiterated his desire to leave last week, despite winning the FA Cup and leading City to third place in the Premier League and Champions League qualification.
At the root of his unhappiness is the fact that his estranged partner, Vanesa, could not settle in Manchester. Instead, she chose to return to Argentina with their daughters, Katie and Florencia.
“I need to be closer to them and to spend more time with them,” Tévez said in a statement. “Living without my children in Manchester has been incredibly challenging for me. Everything I do, I do for my daughters.
“I need them to be happy because my life is about them now. I need to be in a place where they can adapt.”
That would appear to point towards a return to South America, although the situation could be complicated by interest from other clubs. Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid are all believed to be keen on signing the former Manchester United forward but, while Tévez would be tempted by the prospect of regular Champions League football, all three clubs have, until now, balked at the fee being demanded by City.
None are likely to match the €40m being offered by Corinthians, one of the wealthiest clubs in South America. The Sao Paulo-based outfit have a history of attracting marquee names, including former Brazil internationals Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos.
Since both those players retired, the club have been desperate to attract another star name, especially as they are due to move into a new stadium with a capacity of 68,000 in time for the 2013-14 season.
Tévez would be the kind of stellar name which would appeal to the club’s owners and there would also be a benefit for City in selling him to a South American side rather than a European rival they could meet in the Champions League.
The 27 year-old spent almost two years with Corinthians after joining in a £13.7m deal in January 2005, a transfer that represented a Brazilian record. He captained the squad to the 2005 Campeonato Brasileiro before leaving for West Ham in the summer of 2006. However, he is still a hugely popular figure among Corinthians supporters.
Roberto Mancini, the City manager, has had a tempestuous relationship with Tévez, falling out with him on several occasions, but has still been reluctant to sanction his departure.
The Italian recognises that Tévez is a key asset, and it is likely he would want a replacement lined up before his captain departs.
The most likely candidate is Sergio Aguero, the Atlético Madrid striker, and it is understood that City are close to tabling a formal bid worth about €45? m for the striker, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Juventus.