PSG to make £25m bid... but Tevez unlikely to go
Manchester City's Carlos Tevez faces the prospect of being forced to swap one uncherished job for another, with Paris St-Germain expected to table a bid this week which would match City's likely £25m asking price.
Rumours in the French capital yesterday that Tevez was due to fly in today and that a deal between PSG and City has been done are wide of the mark. But PSG have made the pursuit of a striker their top priority since Alexandre Pato's last-minute decision to stay at Milan scuppered a £34m bid, and the club's Qatari owners have comfortably enough money available to meet City's demands.
Tevez is unlikely to covet the idea of a move to the French capital. Tevez wants to be at a club which would place him among fellow A-listers – namely Internazionale or Milan.
There are still two weeks for City to conclude a deal with either of those sides, Juventus or Real Madrid – the more likely being Inter, who were only £4m away when they bid £21m last week. But the mixed messages from Inter manager, Claudio Ranieri, who asked "what can this lad give us if he isn't playing and what will he take away?" raises doubts about whether the Serie A side will come back to the table. There are profound doubts that Milan are willing to make a £25m investment, now that their attempts to sell Pato have fallen through.
PSG's new manager, Carlo Ancelotti was, by contrast, eulogistic about Tevez at the weekend and it is expected that the contact with City may come direct from him. The French side are severely short of top-class strikers and Tevez is perceived as the only world-class goalscorer available in this window.
Tevez is not contemplating anything beyond the prospect of a move to Italy, though City are in no doubt that they will accept the best bid which meets their demands after a two-month period in which they have been prepared to pay the 27-year-old his £198,000-a-week wage while he has been on unauthorised leave in Argentina.
PSG may not be attracted by the prospect of a player joining them against his will. Tevez has already raised the prospect of quitting the game and that might be a course of action open to him if he does not get the move he seeks.
Latest in Sport
When is the earliest Liverpool can WIN the Premier League title?
Norwich 2 Liverpool 3 match report: Liverpool go five points clear of Chelsea at top of Premier League table on day Luis Suarez hits goal number 30
Luis Suarez and the 'Easter miracle': Liverpool striker shows both sides as he reaches 30 Premier League goals but play acts yet again
David Moyes says Manchester United passed 'brilliantly', despite 2-0 defeat to Everton
Liverpool: Three remaining fixtures - can they remain on top of the Premier League table?
- 1 ‘Leeds is on fire’: Huge chemical-fuelled blaze on Armley industrial estate leads to hazardous smoke warning for city
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Queen turns 88: David Bailey captures another side of the Queen in birthday portrait
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
An open letter to Nigel Farage: you may smile, but I am not seduced
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Abdullah Deghayes: My son was the martyr of a just cause, says father of British teenager killed in Syria conflict