Carlos Tevez may not have departed Manchester City yet, but it seems that City are already preparing for a replacement. City are reportedly close to making an official bid for fellow Argentinean Sergio Aguero.
Only manager Roberto Mancini claims of such a development behind the scenes and the club itself has not confirmed this news. Of course, we all know what happened when Mancini claimed that Manchester City had a come to an agreement with Corinthians for the sale of Tevez. Hence, there is every possibility that City's interest in the La Liga star may turn out to be nothing at all, or maybe all hinges on the development of the situation concerning Tevez.
It definitely seems to have come to a grinding halt, despite Corinthians increasing their offer to a reported £40 million. Manchester City may have all the cash in the world, but it still seems they are not prepared to let go of the player for less than they originally demanded.
A closer look at the situation may reveal that City are not playing hardball just for the transfer fee, but for the player himself. Tevez was one of the main reasons behind City winning their first trophy after a long time last season. He has also scored the most number of goals in the Premier League in the last two years.
Therefore, it is clearly not about the money, but about keeping Tevez by slapping a huge price tag to scare potential suitors off. City may have a lot of cash, but they also know that it is extremely tough to replace a goal scorer in the Premier League.
Barcelona might be the envy of football clubs around the world now for their magical football and youth development. Much has been spoken of players like Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi as the template that every club in the world should be following. However, it is through the likes of players like Giovanni dos Santos that Barcelona are being brought back to the earth.
Of course, you cannot fault them one little bit, as not every shot hit goes into the goal.
Bojan Krkic seems to be the next player to prove this statement, as he is reportedly close to completing his move to Roma. When Krkic broke into Frank Rijkaard's first team during his final season at Barcelona, he was hailed as the next Messi. However, things have not quite gone to plan since then. Now, Krkic finally seems to have decided that leaving Barcelona in search of a club where there is regular football would be the best option.
Roma seems to be the best destination at this stage in his career. Not quite known for his physical presence, Krkic would have surely struggled in the Premier League. However, the Italian Serie A does not demand the same level of physical intensity. Hence, Krkic can look forward to reinvigorate his career, which certainly has come to its crossroads.