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Who Can Afford Him?


Sports News - April 17, 2010

Why is it when City get a decent player in their ranks, the media go all out to make sure he leaves us pretty quickly?

This, of course refers to the Daily Mail’s report that Carlos Tevez will quit Eastlands should the blues fail to secure fourth spot and Champions League football next season. His adviser, Kia Joorabchian, is rumoured to have contacted some of Europe’s leading clubs should Tevez decide to quit.

But Tevez knew the scale of the task ahead of the club if they were to finish fourth. If he wanted Champions League football, would it not have been better to choose Real Madrid, Barcelona or any other Champions League regular? If Joorabchian is his adviser, don’t you think he should have advised better?

In relation to Mancini, Tevez knows, as do the rest of the playing squad that Mancini may or may not be in charge at Eastlands next season. But if the Argentine does decide to up sticks and leave the blues, who could afford him?

The problem lies with the fact that Tevez, by being the good player he is, has made himself too expensive. City paid a reported £25m for him and his displays this season, together with a haul of 28 goals has only increased the Argentine’s value. Any interested parties will probably have to pay double that figure to secure his services.

Add to that his wage demands, and you’ll be looking at just Real Madrid or Barcelona as possible destinations. Liverpool are mentioned in the report along with an amusing cut price figure of £18m. Would City’s hierarchy really lose £7m on their best performing player?

I don’t think so, but if Tevez does want to leave in the summer then City will not be able to stop him. But any interested clubs should be prepared to spend big because City will not allow Tevez to leave on the cheap.



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