Despite the player announcing that he is willing to return to Manchester City this season and apologize to manager Roberto Mancini, Carlos Tevez could still leave the Etihad Stadium this summer with Real Madrid showing particular interest.
The Argentine infamously refused to warm up in a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich early in the season and the forward has yet to feature for the Citizens since.
Tevez has been spending time in his native Argentina against the wishes of Mancini but speaking to Sky Sports, the attacker admitted that he has two-and-a-half years left to run on his contract and he needs to see that out.
If the former star is to return to his scoring best, he must first get back to full fitness and will be subject to several tests upon his return to England.
The new offer between City and Real would include the clubs swapping one Argentine for another, as Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez would switch allegiances.
Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been linked with Higuain but City could edge it in the race for his signatures if it meant Tevez – who Real are known to be interested in – coming in the opposite direction.
However, Jose Mourinho’s side are also known to be looking at talismanic Arsenal hitman, Robin van Persie, and have reportedly offered Higuain to the Gunners in part exchange for the Dutchman.
Roberto Mancini may still be keen to offload Tevez’s signature despite his supposed apology and the Italian would certainly welcome Higuain to Eastlands if he was willing to make the move.
It’s unsure how much City would have to pay on top of the swap deal, however Tevez was being valued at around £27m in January, and they may have to pay out a little extra if the move is to be pushed through.