Carlos Tevez has played his last game in a Manchester City shirt.
As reported by David Ornstein on the BBC Sport website, the former Manchester City man has penned a £10 million, three-year deal with the Serie A champions that could rise to £12 million with add-ons.
He notched 84 goals for the three clubs during his time in the top flight and registered 43 assists.
It has been announced that he will wear Juve’s iconic No. 10 shirt—following in the footsteps of former Old Lady greats Alessandro del Piero, Roberto Baggio and Michel Platini.
But who will take Tevez’s place at the Etihad? Love him or hate him, “Carlito” will be a hard act to follow.
In the following slides, I look at five players who could be good candidates to replace City’s No. 32.
From Mario Gomez to Alvaro Negredo to a certain Manchester United forward, I think they’re all in with a chance.
Agree? Disagree? Is there a striker you think would be a shoo-in at City? Let me know below!
If you haven’t heard of the two strikers and the multitude of clubs that seem to be vying for their signature, well…where have you been?
Cavani is Napoli’s prized striker, whose 29 Serie A goals and seven strikes in the Europa League last season made him one of the most attractive transfer propositions of the summer. A tasty £54 million buy-out clause seems to have done little to bat away his many suitors.
Lewandowski’s stock rose immeasurably during the 2012/13 season after his 10-goal haul in the Champions League and 24 for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. Though Lewandowski is apparently wanted by a host of clubs, Dortmund seem determined to keep hold of him until his contract runs out in 2014.
Why the Honourable Mention?
Not mentioning Cavani and Lewandowski is the elephant in the room. They would both be great at Man City—providing a suitable if not better replacement for Carlos Tevez.
Do I think they’ll sign for the club? In a word, no.
The transfer window can always throw up some surprises, and with City’s wealth, they certainly have the funds to afford Cavani or Lewandowski.
However, I think the following five players stand a more realistic chance to replace Tevez.
David Villa—in action for Spain in the 2013 Confederations Cup.
Villa, who is Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer, has one year remaining on his current contract at the Nou Camp and has found it difficult to nail down a spot in the starting XI since returning from injury.
The Spaniard established himself on the European stage when playing for Valencia CF.
For five consecutive seasons he was the club’s top scorer, bagging 126 goals in 215 games.
Villa played alongside David Silva during his time at the Mestalla and formed a great partnership with him. Villa’s ability to drop to the left and draw defenders out of position allowed Silva to run into space, the two frequently drifting in and out of position, changing roles and racking up the goals.
The striker is 31, but talk of a cut-price deal, as reported by Adam Shergold in the Daily Mail, could make him an easy acquisition for City boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.
If reports are to believed, Manchester City have been tracking Christian Benteke since January.
"If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won’t necessarily accept that. I do not in any way want to feel I didn't get the most out of my career. I try to get everything."
Benteke still has three years left to run on his current deal and is valued in excess of £10 million, according to Transfermarkt.
Negredo, 27, has been linked with City and United this week, and by the reckoning of Charles Perrin in the Express, he was also a potential target for City in February.
The striker netted 31 goals for Sevilla in all competitions last season and could be a viable target to replace Carlos Tevez.
Apparently he is seeking an exit from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. Quoted on Sevilla’s television station (via ESPNfc.com) this week, club president Jose Maria del Nido said:
One of the parties, which is the player, wants to go. Because of that we are already a little forced in our negotiations. We need to weigh up if it's good for a player to stay against his will.
The player hasn't put his foot down and told me 'I want to go', but he has said that he wants to develop and wants to play in the Champions League. We won't forget that that will of the player is very important for making a decision.
City have already signed a player from Sevilla this summer in winger Jesus Navas, as reported here on the BBC Sport website.
A second raid on the La Liga side might see Negredo on his way to the Etihad.
Mario Gomez—treble winner with Bayern Munich.
According to Charles Perrin in the Express, Manchester City are "lying in wait" for Mario Gomez.
Gomez failed to cement a place in the Bayern Munich first team last season, starting just nine games for the Bavarian club after picking up a preseason injury and falling behind Mario Mandzukic in the pecking order.
Despite Bayern’s treble-winning campaign, Gomez appears set on leaving the club in search of regular first-team football.
His agent Uli Ferber was quoted in Metro earlier this month: "As far as I’m concerned, Mario will definitely get a transfer this summer. He will be leaving Bayern Munich."
The 27-year-old has scored 113 goals for Bayern since joining the club in 2009. Worth upwards of £30 million, Gomez's current contract runs until 2016.
At 6’2”, he would add an aerial threat to City’s front line, and his finishing and goalscoring prowess would be a great investment for Manuel Pellegrini's side.
Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez—cut from the same cloth?
Wayne Rooney—if there’s any player currently on the market more suited to replacing Carlos Tevez, it’s Manchester United’s No. 10.
The two strikers share a tireless work rate, a fiery disposition, a never-say-die attitude and an often-controversial character.
While Rooney is quicker and better in the air, the two players are built alike, are aggressive, can score from anywhere, have a sublime range of passing and the ability to change a game.
Both excel in the second striker role and have domestic, European and international experience. Tevez and Rooney are cut from the same cloth.
It would be a highly controversial move that would be difficult for United fans to swallow, but players have moved from one side of Manchester to the other in the past and survived. Tevez, for one, has been there.
There are reports that suggest that Manchester United are going to offer Rooney a new deal to try to keep him at the club, says Jamie Jackson in the Guardian.
But, were City to rekindle the interest they showed in Rooney the last time he tried to leave Old Trafford, they would be landing themselves the perfect replacement for Carlos Tevez.