Friendless Tevez stuck at Eastlands
Carlos Tevez seems increasingly likely to remain at Manchester City for at least six months after his manager, Roberto Mancini, confirmed that no club had expressed an interest in signing him, despite the Argentinian striker's concerted attempts to generate a move.
The 27-year-old returned to training this week little more than a month after reaffirming his desire to leave City and just over three weeks since a proposed £44m move to Brazilian side Corinthians collapsed at the last minute.
Despite persistent rumours of interest from Inter Milan, no other offer for the player has materialised, because of his £220,000-a-week wages and City's non-negotiable £50m asking price.
With just 18 days of the transfer window remaining, Mancini feels it will be "difficult" for the former Manchester United player to be granted the switch he so clearly craves, raising not only the prospect of Tevez returning to competitive action for City against Bolton in eight days, but also retaining the club captaincy he held last season.
"I have spoken to him because we have all been training the last two days," the Italian said. "He is here, we have not bought other players, and we do not have any other solution. There is no other club that wants to take him. He is here and he is staying here. It is difficult for him to leave. It is only two weeks until the end of the market."
He said it was "realistic" to think Tevez could play in the Bolton game, adding: "I have made my decision on the captaincy, but I have not told the players. Now it's not important. It's more important to get the new players in that we don't have at the moment."
That task will see Mancini press ahead with his £23m move for Arsenal's Samir Nasri, though the Frenchman is not expected to be in Manchester in time to face Swansea on Monday evening for City's opening fixture of the Premier League.
The clubs remain in talks, with sources acquainted with the negotiations insisting there has been no agreement on price. That is clearly a source of frustration for Nasri's prospective new manager.
Mancini identified the French international two months ago as his priority midfield target. However, he is set to begin the season still uncertain over whether Nasri will sign the £185,000-a-week contract City are believed to have prepared for him.
Mancini said he had not spoken about Nasri with chief executive Garry Cook or football executive Brian Marwood, "so I don't know the situation at the moment. I hope that we can get the players I asked for two months ago.
"I thought we could get all the players we needed three or four weeks ago. But here we are and the deals aren't closed. It's a difficult market. I told (Cook and Marwood) it was important to move quickly, but I understand it's not easy.
"But we need this player. We asked for this player two months ago. I'm worried because I don't have this player today and I probably won't have him tomorrow.
"We play three games in August. I am worried because every manager wants all the players quickly. I hope we can have this player in the next two or three days and that we can have him ready for the Bolton game." (© Daily Telegraph, London)