A sombre looking Carlos Tevez finally returned to Manchester City’s Carrington training ground today as the player returned from his ‘Copa America leave’ as City fans wonder where the talismatic Argentinian will be playing his football next season.
With Wesley Sneidjer indicating his ‘intention’ to be sold, could we see a player swap deal?
After his proposes £38m move to Brazilian giants Corinthians fell through last month it appears that Italian side Inter Milan are the more likely to sign the striker as it appears that Tevez definitely wants a move away from the Etihad Stadium.
Much has been made of his desire to return to South America due to family reasons, although it does appear that his may be willing to compromise with a move to Italy, and the announcement today that Wesley Sniedjer is ‘looking to be sold’ could trigger a player swap deal with the Italian giants, which is sure to rile the red half of Manchester.
Inter’s director of football Marco Branca had previously indicated that the transfer was impossible due to the striker’s high wage demands, but with the club looking to offload star asset Sneidjer, and Tevez likely to take a reduction in wages, a deal could be put in place to bring the Dutchman to Manchester.
Manchester City fans might be thinking the arrival of Tevez back in Manchester is at least a step in the right direction, however it is apparent that a move away from England is high on the player’s agenda, after it emerged that the player ad told Argentinian television programme Telefe that the he’ would not return to Manchester even on vacation, and it is clear that he is not enjoying his time at the Etihad Stadium.
For Roberto Mancini, the arrival of Tevez’ compatriot Segio Aguero has eased the pain somewhat, but it is clear that Tevez’s record of 43 goals in 63 appearances will be difficult to replicate, considering this is Aguero’s first season in English football.
It is clear that City need to strengthen or add some extra bite or leadership skills to their squad as the side let a two goal lead slip on Sunday in the Community Shield, with Nani rounding Joe Hart in the 94th minute to steal a dramatic late victory for the Red Devils.
The departure of Tevez could be a bitter pill to swallow for City fans, even though it is highly likely, however the arrival of midfielder Wesley Sneidjer may just be the perfect tonic.