Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said that an agreement has been reached for the sale of Argentina striker Carlos Tevez to Corinthians.
“We have an agreement with Corinthians but Carlos now is still a City player,” Mancini told Sky Sports News.
The Sao Paulo club, have just signed a new television deal and the revenue from that is what is funding the Tevez purchase.
Asked whether Tevez would now be discussing personal terms, Mancini replied:
“I don’t know this. I repeat, at the moment, Carlos is still a City player.”
It’s a big loss for City as not only was Tevez the joint top scorer in the Premier League with 20 goals, he was the face of the franchise. Almost all of Man City’s advertising on and off-line seems to include a picture of Tevez.
So where does City go from here? They have been linked with Sergion Aguero, who is valued at £45m by Atletico and is regarded as a natural replacement. But Aguero has never played in the Premier League and their is a risk there wondering how Aguero will be in those cold January and February nights away form home at places like Stoke and Blackburn. Will Aguero be able to step up and be the difference in the game as Tevez did so many times last year? Or will Aguero be like Robinho and struggle adapting to the Premier League?