AC Milan have officially ended their pursuit of Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez after their bid worth more than €20 million was turned down by the club yesterday.
Milan vice president Adriano Galliani confirmed that talks had broken down saying that City were holding out for €35 million which for Milan is too pricey. However, i am sure what shocked many was Galliani’s remarks when he revealed that for Tevez to have joined Milan Pato would have to leave.
“Pato has decided to stay, so Tevez will not come,” Galliani told Sky Sports Italia.
“Those two deals were connected, if one player does not leave, then the other will not come.”
To say i was shocked when i heard this would be an understatement. I guess the rumours were not rumuors after all. Yes Pato has struggled the past few seasons, however this common with all players.
This is not the kind of news Milan were expecting just 2 days before their crunch derby with their city rivals Inter. Personally, i think the Inter could just have won the match psychologically.
Not only is the mood sullen in the Milan team camp, but now the whole world knows that their top class striker is unsettled and under immense pressure to perform and justify his decision to stay with the club.
A source close to the transfer maintained that City would still consider a bid from Milan if it met their requirements.
“Whether it is now dead is up to AC Milan, but the feeling is that if AC Milan want the player, then they will have to increase their bid, and Inter and maybe even PSG are still lurking there and could outbid them.”
With PSG having ruled themselves out of the race to land Tevez, Inter remain the only other club who are actively pursuing the striker. The irony is that Tevez wants to play for Milan.
This transfer is far from over. Inter’s initial offer of £25 million has not yet been accepted and though they do have the money to meet City’s requirements, the only problem could be in reaching a deal with Tevez himself.
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