London: Carlo Tevez is on the brink of ending his eventful seven-year stay in English football after Manchester City on Tuesday night accepted a £10 million offer from Juventus.
The Argentina striker has won every major club honour since arriving in the Premier League in 2006 with West Ham United and subsequently joining Manchester United and then Manchester City but is now in the final year of his contract. With bonuses, Tevez’s existing City contract is potentially worth as much as £17 million over the next 12 months and the club are keen to ease their wage bill.
City sporting director Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano, the chief executive, held talks in London on Tuesday with Juventus officials and reached agreement on a fee that is partially performance related and worth £10 million.
Significantly, Tevez has not yet agreed personal terms on a prospective three-year deal but there is hope that he will be in Turin on Thursday to undergo a medical. If personal negotiations do progress smoothly and there is no unexpected hitch with the medical, the deal could be completed within 48 hours.
Tevez’s departure would leave City with only Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero as front-line senior strikers but new manager Manuel Pellegrini is satisfied at how the transfer window is developing.
His top targets, winger Jesus Navas and midfielder Fernandinho, have already been secured and, although the club will continue to evaluate their attacking options, Pellegrini wants to give Dzeko a more prominent role next season. Dzeko had been a target of Chelsea but Pellegini has made it clear that the Bosnia forward is a key part of his plans.
City’s only significant disappointment has been the failure to recruit Malaga midfielder Isco, who is poised to join Real Madrid, although Pellegrini is hoping that Samir Nasri can thrive in a similar role.