Carlos Tevez Transfer Rumors: Latest Updates on AC Milan & More
Just like in the most recent winter transfer window, Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is filling up column inches in the world's media all by himself, as speculation continues over where his future lies.
The Argentina forward was almost sure to depart the Premier League six months ago as he was at war with his manager Roberto Mancini, but returned to play a role in City winning their first Premier League title.
City's mega-rich owners ensure that they would never lack a replacement should Tevez leave, but they are also ruthless enough to not let him leave on the cheap, given his status as a top striker.
Here are the latest scenarios with Carlos Tevez, featuring transfers and options open to both player and club.
AC Milan in the Hunt to Replace Ibrahimovic
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One of the longest-standing interests in Tevez comes from Milan.
Both AC and Inter were reported to be interested last transfer window, but a move never materialised.
Now, AC have sold their star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic to big-spending PSG and are said to want Carlos Tevez to replace him—unless they instead go for Tevez's City teammate, Edin Dzeko.
Tevez would still command a fee but his wages might be less than Zlatan's, which were a reason the Milan club had to let both him and Thiago Silva leave for France.
Either way, it will still be an expensive operation for Milan to perform if Tevez is the one they want to replace the Swede.
Jose Mourinho Still an Admirer at Real Madrid
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The £25 million rumoured transfer fee would not present any problem for the reigning Spanish champions, though they might have to offset the addition of the striker by selling one of either Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain—purely on account of squad numbers.
Tevez would certainly fit in with Mourinho's ethos and tactics; while his ability to work the channels and link play a little deeper than a traditional striker would also chime well with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria looking to attack centrally when coming in from their wider starting points, making the most of the space Tevez leaves when dropping deep.
Manchester City Keen to Keep Tevez
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And so to the current team itself.
Manchester City made waves in the Premier League when they signed Carlos Tevez, who was previously at a long term loan spell with Manchester United.
He helped fire City to the FA Cup as captain, before his shenanigans of last season saw that particular privilege given to Vincent Kompany.
Some reports are attributing quotes to manager Roberto Mancini that Tevez will not be sold at all, but instead be kept and help City to grow as they look to challenge on all fronts next season.
Mancini's Striker Options
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For a lot of Premier League teams, losing a striker of the calibre of Carlos Tevez wouldn't bear thinking about unless they really had absolutely no other choice.
City, however, would be perfectly able to go out and spend a further £20 million or more without even making a dent in their coffers.
Whether that eventually catches up with them if FFP rules come into force is another matter, of course.
Boss Mancini has several other attacking options at his disposal already, which means that Tevez is not even guaranteed a starting role with his club if he does stay.
Mario Balotelli had his critics last season, but he nevertheless scored 17 goals in all competitions and was involved in the goal which saw City win the league with a last ditch win on the final day. He also showed at Euro 2012 that he has the ability to make a difference on the biggest stage.
Sergio Aguero had a magnificent debut season, scoring 30 times including that goal to clinch the championship; Dzeko also had a hot streak of scoring at the beginning of the season and Tevez himself scored four times in 13 league games despite missing a large chunk of the season.
City also have returning loan players Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor and John Guidetti all on the books, as well as promising youngster Luca Scapuzzi.
Is Tevez Worth the Trouble for Any Team?
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He's a match-winner, a game-changer, a hard worker, goalscorer and—when in the mood—a leader by example.
Unfortunately, Carlos Tevez is also apparently a package deal: And with it comes a massive ego, even bigger wages, an utter failure to adapt or learn the English language despite several years in the country and—above all else, City fans should remember—a self-preservation streak that will eventually see him up his roots and leave regardless of all else.
He's done it his entire career, will do it from City and will do it to the next team he joins.
So...is Carlos Tevez really worth it?
Is that something any club wants?
It's a big summer ahead for Carlos Tevez, who needs to make the right decision for himself to play football more often, because there's no doubt he's a massive talent.
But Manchester City might well decide to take that choice out of his hands, and demand that he stays at the Etihad Stadium another year.