There's no denying it, Milan director Adriano Galliani has had a soft spot for Carlos Tevez for quite some time.
This year, it's different. Consider Tevez a direct replacement for the departing Robinho, who has received a slew of offers from Brazil. So far, Santos has been the front runner in signing the trickster, and there's little doubt that Robinho has played his last game in a Milan kit.
Tevez, on the other, hand reinforces the pattern of Milan's transfer signings in the past few seasons.
Knowing that they cannot compete with some of Europe's most lavish spenders, Silvio Berlusconi has sworn to upgrade the squad through a continued emphasis on the youth sector, and occasionally splurging on a bargain bin talent.
Look at the biggest signings Milan has made in the past three years, and then take a gander at how they performed. The volcanic Antonio Cassano was strapped from Sampdoria for free after he had a fight with team owner Riccardo Garrone and was shunned from the Blucerchiati.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was acquired for a discount from Barcelona after he had his own problems with coach Pep Guardiola and being played out of position.
All of these players had their moments with Milan, and you can even say they were good deals at the time. Carlos Tevez looks to follow this pattern of unstable personalities coming to Milan and being sedated, staying out of the spotlight and actually delivering.
Tevez is a loose cannon, but one that works hard for the team and provides goals with the occasional touch of world class skill.
The Argentinian could create a formidable partnership alongside his old teammate Mario Balotelli. Hopefully, Milan can also retain Stephan El Shaarawy and play them in a trident.
Either way, this is another interesting rumor with plenty of substance behind it.
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