As this winter transfer window finally draws to a close and Carlos Tevez remains a Manchester City player (in payroll only), the entire football world is yet again left to ponder how and when this unrelenting saga will finally come to an end.
Having now reached higher notoriety for his mercenary exploits than for his goal scoring,“Carlitos” has not only found himself frozen out of the squad he had once captained but on the wrong side of fans the world over.
Still, the allure of signing the supremely talented Argentine in the face of his obvious penchant for becoming a “club cancer” has proven too great to resist for sides such as Milan, Inter, PSG, and his former club, Corinthians.
Milan manager Massimilliano Allegri continues to lament not landing the player this winter, but could that failure be for the best of the club?
In the short term, the addition of Tevez would have bolstered an already strong squad that sits a close second to Serie A leaders Juventus. Assuming that the striker were to have kept his conditioning up to par, there would be little doubt that his added effort and incredible work rate on the pitch would have contributed greatly to the cause this season.
The problem, however, would not lay with his performances this term but actions the next. Milan would be incredibly hard-pressed to turn away the permanent addition of the malcontent following any series of impact performances and the constant frustration surrounding the fitness of Alexandre Pato.
Beginning his professional career in 2001 Tevez has only truly spent more than two years with one of his past five employers, managing a three-year stay with Argentine heavyweights Boca Juniors from 2001-2004.
Since departing his homeland and acquiring the services of agent Kia Joorabchian of Media Sports Investments, every move the player has made has been the subject of controversy, ranging from contract disputes to refusing to take the pitch and finally forcing his way out of club.
As I have said, there is no denying the talents of Tevez or questioning his ability to prosper in the San Siro. The answer is quite plain to see given his history. He would prosper.
But that is exactly why even a loan (with the option to buy) may prove too attractive as it is impossible to predict the future of a man without clear motives.
Does he simply hate life in England? Does he truly want to move only for the sake of his daughters? How does a move to Italy bring him any closer to his children in the custody of his ex-wife living in Argentina? How long before Tevez’s attitude begins to devalue his impact on the pitch?
It is undeniably true that Milan has greatly missed out on acquiring a spectacularly dangerous Argentine striker with pace to spare, but that player has never been Carlos Tevez.
That player was another recent addition to the blue side of Manchester, Sergio Aguero.