A handful of rumours covered here in recent days have referenced some of the sterling stories that came out of last season; the wonderful rise of Newcastle United and the equally as romantic football of Athletic Bilbao but what comes next is a reminder of one of the more unsavoury episodes of the 2011-12 season.
The Carlos Tevez saga where the manchild essentially went on strike and was subsequently linked with every single rich or Argentinean club under the sun with his manager saying he would never play again for the club and Tevez very publicly expressing his desire not to return.
He did of course and in a comeback not at all worthy of Lazarus (the metaphor would be stretched to beyond breaking point) helped steer City to their first title since quite possibly the time of Lazarus actually.
But now, the rumours of him leaving have returned thanks to the Sun on Sunday who state that Real Madrid are lining up a move for the striker.
City reportedly want £25m for the player who has two years left on his nearly £200,000 a week deal and would like to get rid of him to raise funds for other transfer targets. Whoever thought you would be able to read “sell to raise funds” and “Manchester City” in the same sentence eh? It would appear the financial fair play rules do indeed have some clout.
Anywho, it is thought that the £25m for him would enable City to put in a first bid of £20m for Robin van Persie to which Arsenal could probably say “well, we hear you might have £25m immediately available after that whole Tevez sale thing”. Maybe.
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