Manchester City and Juventus have reached a deal over the transfer of striker Carlos Tevez, and await the player’s decision on the matter.
The deal is reportedly worth a cut-price £7.6 million transfer fee, but could save City as much as £27 million in the wages and bonuses they would conceivably have to pay 29-year-old Tevez over the last 12 months of his contract.
City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano, and director of football Txiki Begiristain have met with Juve’s decision makers, and thrashed out a deal approved by new City manager Manuel Pellegrini on his very first day of work.
Tevez will fly to Turin on Wednesday for a medical, and barring the kind of controversy that has dogged his career, could be one of the Old Lady’s children by week’s end.
The move will bring an end to Tevez’s tumultuous City career, which began in 2009 when he joined the club from their cross-town rivals, Manchester United, in an estimated £47 million deal.
Since then he has become an FA Cup and Premier League winner with City.
But during the tenure of former manager Roberto Mancini he came close to quitting the club twice, even famously going AWOL for months after refusing to play as a substitute in the Champions League.
Tevez’s mentality is duly called into question, but his ability certainly is not.
And so while Juve may never be sure if his stay there will be smooth sailing, they can rest assured that their seemingly unbeatable (in Italy) squad of Serie A champions will be even better next season if Carlitos signs.