Manchester City: European Clubs Will Have To Pay More for Carlos Tevez
In the aftermath of Corinthians withdrawing their bid for Argentine striker Carlos Tevez as the end of the Brazilian transfer window looms today, European clubs who were previously interested in Manchester City's goal-scoring star are eligible to line up their bids once again.
However, landing Tevez could end up costing them significantly more than it would have for his former club in South America.
Specifically, a European offer may have to register in at a good £10 million more than what Corinthians had on the table.
Prior to the transfer season, Tevez announced that if any move were to take place, he would prefer that it be one that enables him to be closer to his family.
"My family, my kids are a long distance away from Manchester, and if there is an option to go then it will be something to do with my family and children," he said in May. "It would be a personal decision rather than a professional one."
When Corinthians approached the club with a £40 million bid, less than what City values their striker to be worth, they were willing to consider the discounted price out of respect for his stated preference.
Should Manchester City keep Tevez for another few months to give Corinthians another chance in January?
Truthfully, the only factor that prevented the deal from being finalized was Corinthians conceding that they would not have enough time before the window closed to make it happen, hinting that another attempt would be made in January.
However, with the seemingly imminent transfer now out of the way, Real Madrid and Inter Milan (both previously expressing interest in Tevez) have an opportunity to bid once again, meaning Corinthians may not have the chance to resume negotiations with Manchester City in a few months after all.
Sources within City have told Sky Sports that such a bid from a European club would significantly increase in value, and City would be asking for £50 million from the wealthier European giants, who don't necessarily fit into Tevez's preferred transfer scenario.
There would be no respectful discount in order to sell Tevez to a club that isn't closer to his family.
This reported price tag could still prove to be beneficial for Tevez, who might now prefer to stick with City until Corinthians have an opportunity to reopen discussions.
£50 million might end up being a hugely-beneficial deterrent to clubs who thought the £40 million offer that City accepted from the Brazilian squad seemed like a reasonable asking price.
In any case, expect any offers for Tevez outside of South America in the coming weeks to far exceed what City was previously willing to let him go for.
The message is clear: If you want Tevez, you've got to shell out the cash.
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