What's next for Carlos Tevez and Manchester City?
Carlos Tevez, the man who has caused so much controversy throughout his stay in the country, has finally confirmed his departure from the English top flight.
A deal has been reached between current club Manchester City and Italian giants Juventus. The Citizens have accepted an initial offer of £10 million which could eventually rise by 20%.
On first reflection, this transfer appears to be daylight robbery. However, when the fee is combined with wages and bonuses due to Tevez being in the final year of his contract, the explanation regarding such a small fee becomes much clearer.
The forward has recorded a total of 148 appearances for Manchester City, scoring 74 goals during his time at the club. This period had seen his relationship with manager Roberto Mancini deteriorate.
Various troubles have occurred during his four seasons at the Etihad, including breaches of contract and a charge of gross miss conduct. After refusing to warm-up against Bayern Munich in September 2011, Tevez went AWOL back to Argentina. He failed to secure a move away in the January transfer window and made his return back to Manchester in February 2012.
This followed a huge transfer saga involving the Argentine striker surrounding his initial move to the Premier League. Confusion between former club, West Ham, and his personal representative, Kia Joorabchian over the players’ ownership, came close to a High Court hearing.
Despite all this controversy, Tevez is a fantastic talent – a potential match winner for any top European side. Juventus fans will be elated having secured his signature. On his day, Tevez was City’s best player in my opinion. His bulldog-like approach and ability to find the back of the net makes him an extremely dangerous player, both in and outside the penalty area.
His departure will leave a large void in the Manchester City attack but, surely the club have already lined up a replacement for the striker?
Incoming boss Manuel Pellegrini is set to give Edin Dezko a second chance at the club but he has also demanded a new signing upfront. It’ll take a big name player to succeed the 29 year old and several forwards have been linked with a move to the Etihad in the past. Pellegrini does not share predecessor Roberto Mancini’s interest in Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, but Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund, Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic and Aston Villa target man Christian Benteke could all come into his thinking.
Any of these players would be suitable for the vacant position, and with the funds available at Manchester City, affordability shouldn’t be a problem. I’m sure we will soon know the man set to replace Carlos Tevez. But, until then, it’s fair to say the Premier League is set to lose the services of a remarkable player. Tevez has definitely left his mark on Mancunian history – a peripheral figure in the rise of the Blue Moon.
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