Tevez Agent Confirms Talks with South American Club Corinthians Ongoing
“Negotiations have already begun. Corinthians are in contact with us. His dream and mine is to see him back with Corinthians. He said he has a job that does not end there, he wants to return because he has the dream of winning the Copa Libertadores. Corinthians have made the offer, now it depends only on Manchester City. The City has to make a decision. Everybody is working to make this happen, I, Corinthians, Tevez, Adrian Ruocco (the other agent who work on Tevez). It is impossible to determine the situation, but I think it’s close.”
Tevez, who played for the Brazilian club for two years after joining from Boca Juniors in 2004, is desperate to leave Eastlands, citing his family as the reason for his desire to leave England.
Corinthians’ director of football, Duilio Monteiro Alves, confirmed that contact had been made with Tevez’s representatives and the club has made a bid, estimated to be around €40M for the player.
Alves told Lancenet:
“I don’t want to get our fans’ hopes up. We’ll try. That’s all I can say. Signing Tevez isn’t impossible. It’s a dream we’re trying to realise. He is interested in returning, everybody knows that. He has said several times he would play for Corinthians or Boca Juniors again. With that interest on his part, we are interested in his coming. For that to come true, it is distant. But we are going after him and we have initiated talks.”
City have set a price of £50 million for Tevez, and the bid from the Brazilian club falls way short of the asking price. But City know that they won’t get a better offer from any other South American club.
A source close to City claimed that the club will find it hard to reject the offer.
Tevez was club captain before he quit in 2006 to join West Ham United along with Javier Mascherano, and he became the first foreign player in Brazil to win footballer of the year since 1976.
The striker wants to leave City after two years at Eastlands and has cited family reasons, saying last week that he wants to be closer to his two children and their mother who live back in Argentina.
“I need to be closer to them and to spend more time with them. Living without my children in Manchester has been incredibly challenging for me. Everything I do, I do for my daughters.”
Tevez played for Corinthians from 2004 to 2006, before moving to West Ham United. He spent a season at Upton Park, before spells at United and City.