Transfer Focus: Carlos Tevez

Our Transfer Focus feature looks at Carlos Tevez as AC Milan reportedly close on a deal for the Manchester City striker.

Last Updated: 20/06/13 at 11:09 Post Comment

Carlos Tevez: Remains linked with an exit from Man City

Carlos Tevez: Remains linked with an exit from Man City

Carlos Tevez's reluctance to stray away from controversy has seen the striker's relationship with current club Manchester City walk a turbulent path over the last few years.

The Argentine's talent is unquestionable, but his temperament has resulted in several high-profile bust-ups with City and a host of top European clubs are now sniffing around to snare the striker's services.

Juventus are odds-on to sign Tevez, with the club's sporting director Beppe Marotta making no secret of his desire to secure the striker's signature in the summer transfer window.

Serie A rivals AC Milan also appear to have an interest, which has led to reports in Italy claiming a £10million switch could be imminent, while big-spending Monaco were reported to have entered talks with Tevez in March.

With Manuel Pellegrini now in the City hot seat, Tevez's future will be an initial priority for the Chilean - could this mean that the striker's four-year stint at the Etihad Stadium is coming to an end?

Who Wants Him?

Juventus (4/6 to sign Tevez this summer with Sky Bet):The Italian champions are hardly short of world-class strikers, boasting the likes of Alessandro Matri and Mirko Vucinic in their ranks, but remarkably, none of their forwards found the net more than 10 times in Serie A last season. Despite starting infrequently, Tevez still managed 11 Premier League goals in 2012/13, scoring 17 overall and comfortably displaying his worth in one of the most competitive strike forces in world football. Juventus have stressed their intent to purchase Tevez, but whether the striker would fancy a move to Italy remains to be seen.

AC Milan (6/4): Similarly to Juventus, AC Milan by no means struggled to score goals in the last campaign, but only Stephan El Shaarawy notched over 15 goals as Massimiliano Allegri's team finished 15 points off title-winning Juventus. Mario Balotelli made an impressive impact following his January move from the Etihad Stadium, and his influence may yet influence Tevez to join his former team-mate should a deal emerge for the Argentine.

Monaco (5/1): With Monaco already spending near £120million to bring in Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho in the close season, another striker may not be a priority for billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev's club. While almost every player in world football would be enticed by the prospective financial package on offer to join Monaco, Tevez may not be swayed by the money given that Sheikh Mansour is currently paying for his services. Also, Tevez would probably be unlikely to swap one fight for first-team football for another and it would come as a shock should we see the striker in Ligue 1 next season.


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The Stats

Last season: 47 games, 17 goals - Included a hat-trick in Man City's 3-0 FA Cup win over Barnsley, as well as goals in home and away Premier League victories against Chelsea.

Previous season: 18 games, 4 goals - A turbulent season saw Tevez's relationship with manager Roberto Mancini break down as the striker missed almost seven months of action, but he eventually returned to bag a hat-trick in the 6-1 win at Norwich as City went on to win the Premier League title.

International record: 62 games, 13 goals - In 2004, Tevez was the world's second-highest goalscorer in overall international competition with sixteen goals. He has three World Cup goals to his name, but has not appeared for Argentina since 2011.

Tevez Facts

Tevez was accidentally scalded with boiling water down his neck as a child, which caused third-degree burns and kept him hospitalised in intensive care for nearly two months

At the 2004 Olympic Games, Tevez won the gold medal and scored eight goals (including the winner in the final) in six matches for Argentina to become the top scorer of the competition

At the end of his first year at Manchester City, Tevez was given two club awards; the Etihad Player of the Year award and the Players' Player of the Year award

"The Tevez dance" has been attributed to the striker in which Tevez celebrates a goal by putting his hands together, bending down and rocking his body.

In July 2012, Tevez, a big golf fan caddied for his friend Andres Romero at the Open Championship. Romero went on to finish last of the 83 players who made the cut.

What Tevez Says

April 2013:: "I would die to return to Boca. My daughter asks me about that, but it's very difficult at this moment, who would pay the transfer fee? When I didn't play, City didn't want to transfer me to Milan for 20million euros, so now that I am playing it's even more difficult. I will be back [in Argentina] at the age of 33." Celeste y Blanca

March 2013: "I knew it would be difficult for the (Manchester City) fans to accept me again. But I hope, little by little, match by match, you give everything for the shirt and win them over through hambre de gloria (hunger for glory). I was once a real idol for these fans, they were so supportive of me. I hope I'm able to win them back." Sunday Times

November 2012: "I have changed my outlook on life in general. A very important factor is the fact I have all my family here in Manchester, which makes me very happy."

What Others Say

June 2013, AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani: "I would mind a bit if he (Tevez) should go to Juventus, given the friendship we have built with him." Sport Mediaset.March 2013, Manchester City football administration officer Brian Marwood: "We have had no offers and Carlos is happy at the club. Discussions will take place at the end of the season in terms of his future at City."

May 2013, Juventus sporting director Beppe Marotta: "I have to say that Higuain is a bit younger and has a higher market value. Tevez on the other hand has a year left on his contract so maybe between the two, the Tevez deal is easier. We are not the first to notice his quality and experience. He is a player with a big desire to rebuild his career."

Paper Talk

Daily Mirror, June 20 Carlos Tevez is poised for a £10million switch to AC Milan, according to reports in Italy.

The Sun, June 16 Manuel Pellegrini will seek urgent talks with Carlos Tevez over his Manchester City future.

Daily Mirror, June 7 Liverpool are considering a shock move for Carlos Tevez as a replacement for Luis Suarez

The Sun, April 25 Carlos Tevez is happy to see out the last year of his Manchester City deal.

Sunday Express, March 10 Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is in advanced talks to join super-rich Monaco.

The Times, May 31 Carlos Tevez, the Manchester City forward, expects to meet the club's hierarchy next week to establish whether he has a future at the Etihad Stadium.


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Top Tweets

WhoScored.com, June 9 (@WhoScored) - "In the last 4 Premier League seasons, Carlos Tevez has scored more goals from outside the area than any other player (12)"

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Sky Bet, June 5 (@SkyBet) - "BREAKING: Carlos Tevez has moved from 5/1 to 1/3 to join Juventus."

Stat City, April 18 (@StatCity) - "Carlos Tevez now has 84 goals in 196 PL appearances, exactly the same record as Cristiano Ronaldo. Esteemed"

Videos

March 9: Carlos Tevez inspired Manchester City to a 5-0 win over Championship Barnsley

March 3: Oliver Holt and Jonathan Northcroft discuss the future of Manchester City, Roberto Mancini and Carlos Tevez

December 18: Carlos Tevez has been trying to give his Manchester City teammate, Mario Balotelli, a few wrapping tips


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