Monday, 22 June 2009

Tévez and RSC this week?

So say Monday's newspapers. If we believe them, we will have our all-South American strike force in place by the end of the week.

First Ian Herbert in The Independent says that a lack of a serious bid for Tévez from Chelsea means that he will be able to team up with Santa Cruz:
Chelsea consider Tevez to be overpriced and Manchester United's decision to effectively end contract talks on Saturday morning has not changed Abramovich's view, it emerged yesterday.

That leaves City with a clear run for Tevez. They would ideally like to tie up the player's services before the week is out, though Roque Santa Cruz is the player they will land first. The Paraguyan was due back from holiday in the early hours of this morning and a medical is likely to take place today. A £16.5m deal may be concluded in the next few days, though with the City manager Mark Hughes on holiday this week, Santa Cruz is unlikely to be unveiled as a City player immediately.

Neil Ashton in The Daily Mail has more on the nature of Tévez's proposed deal with City:

Carlos Tevez will join Manchester City on a five-year deal next week unless Chelsea match the £130,000-a-week salary on offer at Eastlands.

Tevez quit Manchester United on Saturday after two years at the club and the Argentinian is expected to sign for Mark Hughes’ ambitious side when he returns from a holiday in south America.

City and Chelsea have agreed to pay the £25.5m to secure the striker’s services, but Hughes has inched ahead after offering Tevez a guaranteed starting place in the team.
This is echoed by Alan Nixon in The Mirror who says that our deal with Tévez was sorted some time ago:

Carlos Tevez agreed to join Manchester City TWO WEEKS ago - and will complete the £47.5 million transfer in the next few days.

Tevez decided toquit Manchester United long before the end of the season because he felt Sir Alex Ferguson did not fancy him enough to be a 'first pick' and his handlerssorted out terms with their rivals.

City agreed to pay the £25.5 million asking price of his 'owners' andwill also hand the Argentinian forward around £100,000-a-week for the next fiveseasons in a staggering pay day.

And James Ducker in The Times has the equivalent details for the Santa Cruz deal:
City are on the verge of ending their tortuous pursuit of the player in a deal that could be worth up to £18 million with add-ons, depending on his success at the club.

Santa Cruz will undergo a thorough medical in Manchester today after returning to England from a holiday and, providing there are no unforeseen complications, he will become Hughes’s second signing of the summer after Gareth Barry’s £12 million arrival from Aston Villa.

It looks very likely, then, that by the end of the week our strikeforce for 2009/10 will be in place: and it will be the South American pairing of Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Tévez. In terms of ability, experience and compatibility I can't think of many better partnerships that we could realistically forge this summer. I won't write too much until it happens - although I am away for all but 36 hours of 25 June - 5 July so may have to jump the gun just a bit. But I am quite confident and very excited about our successfully finalising these moves.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

May be better to ignore any southern based Journ'o's comments.
Add to that anything written in the rag Mirror is either anti City or lies.
Ian Hurbert in the Independant and Niel Ashton in the Mail both southern based clown's and also anti Mcfc out of touch london fools.
Leaving another southerner Drucker in the Times with news that is 72 hours old.
These clowns are out of touch and out of date.
Its about time that at least one quality paper ideally the Times had a Northern based Reporter. The bulk of the premier league are in Lancashire so why are you fools in London ?

mark adrian said...

Again Jack what`s with the Advert?
It`s bad enough reading rag biased reports everywhere without coming to your esteemed journal to see competitions to watch them in the far east when I would go to the end of our road to follow them

Chrissy said...

I agree with Mark Adrian why do you feel the need to annoy us by putting United ads on our site, FFS if your reporting isn't bad enough you have to compound it with this offensive sh##e

JPB said...

I don't choose the content of the ads.

Ambient said...

This is the same, one brain cell, Ian Herbert, who was telling everyone who wanted to know yesterday, that Chelsea would beat City to the signing of Tevez because they had failed to sign the players they wanted to.

I cant stand the rag obssessed Mirror but my intuition tells me they are right and that Tevez decided to join City a while ago.

I find the rags announcing they have withdrawn from signing Tevez comical. Gill and bacon face got it spectacularly wrong. Love it.

Ambient said...

This is the same, one brain cell, Ian Herbert, who was telling everyone who wanted to know yesterday, that Chelsea would beat City to the signing of Tevez because they had failed to sign the players they wanted to.

I cant stand the rag obssessed Mirror but my intuition tells me they are right and that Tevez decided to join City a while ago.

I find the rags announcing they have withdrawn from signing Tevez comical. Gill and bacon face got it spectacularly wrong. Love it.

Anonymous said...

Chrissy, the reporting is good and the adverts are just based on the content of the site i.e. they are football related. Don't think JPB has any say in them.

mrt4919 - I think you missed the opportunity to call people suckers and add the fact that you weren't gettin in no plane. Ladyman in the Mail seems to be well placed and is fairly accurate with his reporting. Conversely, the Guardian's Daniel Taylor IS based in Manchester and is just a conduit for any random rumour going - a percentage reporter. IMHO. Agree about the Mirror though, they are consistently anti-City.

But back to the Post, not convinced about RSC but if fit and able to reclaim his form under Hughes at Blackburn then good. Probably means the move for Eto'o is off. Formation wise, this gives us loads of options. 4-4-2 but then where does NdJ go? VK to the back 4? If we move to 4-5-1 will Tevez be the lone striker? Can't see it, but then will he get the hump if its not him.

nb said...

Chrissy- Jack has the most intelligent Manchester City blog on the internet, and he obviously has no influence over the content of his adverts. This is a football blog about a Manchester football team, so it's not surprising (-if rather funny) that a United advert pops up from time to time. Rather than obsess over this, can we not just laugh at its absurdity and shrug it off?

Ambient- Regardless of whether Ian Herbert is 'southern based', he is certainly not a 'clown'. He seems to be one of the more well-informed journalists regarding Manchester City. We need to stop lambasting 'Southern journalists' and foreign Premier League followers and remember that football is now a global game. The reason why we have the current transfer funds and Arab owners is a direct consequence of that. I have grown up in Manchester, however some City fans need to stop believing that they have an innate superiority and are privy to unique insider information purely because they live within spitting distance of Eastlands.