Carlos Tevez is set to join Italian side Juventus in a deal which could be worth up to £12 million. The initial fee is believed to be £10 million with the possibility to increase to £12 million with add-ons. The Argentine striker, 29, is expected to arrive in Italy today to undergo a medical and thrash out the personal terms of the deal.
News of Tevez’s transfer comes as little surprise given the turbulent four years he has spent at City. With only one year remaining on his contract the prospect of Tevez leaving the club for nothing was not an option for the City hierarchy. As such, City are set to save an estimated £27 million when combining Tevez’s wages and bonuses due in his final year with the transfer fee.
Tevez has made 148 appearances and scored 74 goals during his time at City. His contribution to the team, especially in his first two seasons the club, were outstanding and he captained the team to the FA Cup victory in 2011. Ever since his shenanigans against Bayern Munich in the Champions League in 2011 and his subsequent self-imposed exile to Argentina his relationship with the club and the fans has been soured. Despite returning and playing the consummate professional last season the damage he caused has never been fully forgiven by the City faithful.
News of his departure should not come as a surprise nor should it be mourned. Despite being a player of the highest calibre the burden of Tevez’s off the field antics and huge wages are something City can do without as new chapter for the club begins under the management of Manuel Pellegrini.
With only three strikers now on the books in the shape of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and John Guidetti City are sure to go into the market for at least one more striker. As to who that will be remains to be seen. City are reportedly unwilling to pay the huge release clause for Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Malaga’s Isco is seemingly close to agreeing a deal with Real Madrid instead of City.
Written by Robert Toole