Friday 23 February 2018

Family switch ties Tevez to City cause

Mark Ogden

Manchester City have rejected a renewed attempt by Inter Milan to swap Wesley Sneijder for Carlos Tevez -- with Roberto Mancini revealing the Argentinian forward is ready to stay at the club after moving his family from Buenos Aires to Manchester.

City, who could hand £23m signing Samir Nasri his debut at Tottenham tomorrow, were approached by Inter 10 days ago as the Italians attempted to capitalise on the delay in completing Nasri's move from Arsenal by offering Sneijder in exchange for Tevez.

While neighbours Manchester United have been engaged in a lengthy pursuit of Sneijder this summer, City rejected the chance to sign the £35m-rated Dutch midfielder, despite the prospect of allowing Tevez to complete his desired move away from the Etihad Stadium.

Inter's offer underlines the perception that the club are keen to cash in on Sneijder, but it is understood that United will not reignite their interest ahead of next Wednesday's transfer deadline unless the player drastically reduces his salary demands.


Tevez's decision to fly his family to Manchester is regarded as significant by City, however, due to his repeated insistence that his attempt to leave the club was to be closer to his two daughters. And Mancini believes the 27-year-old can now bolster their attempt to win the Premier League.

"For Carlos, it has always been about family reasons, but his family is here now," Mancini said. "If his family is here, I think he can stay. This is a good moment for this club because Carlos is one of the best players.

"If Carlos stays, we have four strikers and we can use Nasri like a midfielder. We can choose between these players if we have four strikers. It is better." Mancini believes the acquisitions of Nasri and Sergio Aguero will help convince Tevez to spend at least one more year at City.

"For a player who sees these good players arriving, after we won the FA Cup last year, he can think maybe we will win a title this year," he said.

Nasri's arrival this week is only likely to bolster City's bid for honours and despite being accused of leaving Arsenal purely for the money on offer at Eastlands, the French midfielder insists glory is his sole motivation.

"Money is not a factor," Nasri said. "People can think what they like. It was a choice about football and we will see that at the end of the season when we lift a trophy and talk about my choice again. People who talk about money will see that they are wrong. Money does not buy happiness, that's for sure.

"I am 24 and everyone says I am a good player, but I haven't won anything. I loved my time with Arsenal but I have never won anything with them.

"When you are at a big club, sometimes you have to bring in big players to win. Arsenal always relied on experienced players, but since they moved to the Emirates Stadium, their transfer policy has been a little bit different."

Despite being urged by France team-mate Patrice Evra to join United in order to become a 'king,' Nasri insists he made the right choice in joining City ahead of United.

"Patrice likes to tease people and take the p*** a bit. He is someone that likes to make jokes, it's fine, and we will see about it at the end," said Nasri. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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