Manchester City won’t sell on the cheap

Manchester City appear to be reluctant to drop their asking price for Carlos Tevez, despite Corinthians claiming that a cut-price deal to bring the South American back to Brazil in January is close.

The Argentina international was found guilty of breaching his contract after refusing to enter the field of play against Bayern Munich back in September, and his club have subsequently fined him four weeks wages.

With a January move looking increasingly likely, Corinthians president Andres Sanchez has claimed that the Premier League side are ready to offload the temperamental forward at a lower price.

“Although many people do not believe it, Tevez is much closer to the Corinthians than you can imagine. The initial offer was €40m and that is now €18m (£16m) because of all the problems he has faced back in England,” the Brazilian executive commented.

Despite this, The Guardian details that City’s owners will stand their ground over their asking price for the former Boca Juniors attacker, and want to recoup the superstar’s market value.

City owner Sheik Mansour is one of the few people in the world than would be unfazed by the waste of £250,000-a-week on Tevez’s wages, and has stated that Roberto Mancini can select the forward is so required.

Despite this, due to Mancini and Tevez not being on talking terms, a move does look probable come the new year, with a raft of European clubs also keen to land the forward’s signature.

By Gareth McKnight