It is being reported that Manchester City have agreed a potential transfer fee of £47 Million for the services of the Argentinian forward. An initial fee of £15 Million has been paid – whilst two further installments of £16 Million have been agreed. This for a player who mustered five league goals last season for the Champions.
It was reported that United had agreed a fee with the former Boca Juniors striker in June – but the player turned it down on the basis of the way he was treated by Sir Alex Ferguson – the most successful manager in World Football. Tevez built up a rapport with the United faithful due his his constant running and work rate – qualities shrugged off by Fergie who indicated “Everyone loves a trier”.
The deal means that Tevez is now the fifth most expensive player of all time behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kaka and the legendary Zinédine Zidane. United would never have paid that amount of money for Tevez – not in a million years and this deal demonstrates the resources Manchester City have to try and attract players who found their chances limited at top Premier League clubs last season.
For that money United could have bought the following:
– Six Nemanja Vidic’s
– Four Cristiano Ronaldo’s
– Two and a half Ruud VanNistelrooy’s
– Twelve and a half Roy Keane’s
– Forty Seven Eric Cantona’s (there’s a song!)
– Thirty one Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s
– Seventy eight Denis Irwin’s
So I think we’ll all agree – United would (and should) never pay that amount of money for a player of Tevez’s ability. City are clearly flexing their financial muscle by paying over £20Million more on the asking price for a player who scored five league goals last season.