Mancini still hopeful of Tevez departure

Although a move away from the club is taking longer than thought at first, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is still confident that Carlos Tevez will be sold by the club this month.

The Argentine has upset just about every aspect of the Manchester City machine over the past eight months whether it be from declining the chance to play or just not coming back to the country where his team play their league fixtures.

It’s long been known that the forward would never again play for the Citizens, personally confirmed by his manager after he refused to play during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich.

After learning of his imminent availability, many teams from all continents understandably pricked up their ears, however it seems only bitter rivals AC Milan and Internazionale remain in the race.

Milan have reportedly been in negotiations with Manchester City for the past week or so, and would want to take the South American on loan for the rest of the season with the option of a purchase in the summer.

However, City remain resolute in their sale of the striker and have stated that they will only loan him out if there will be a definite purchase at the end of any temporary deal.

Although AC are proving hard to negotiate with in that aspect, Inter are understood to be looking to sneak in and steal the player with a player-plus-cash deal that would involve Wesley Sneijder moving in the opposite direction.

The Rossoneri have apparently offered a swap deal of their own and have tabled Alexandre Pato as a potential makeweight in the deal.

That deal doesn’t seem likely to go through however, as City have no desperate need for another striker and are far more interested in a playmaker such as Sneijder, who they were chasing over the summer.

He may be a hard man to please, but there’s no arguing that Tevez is a powerful force on his day and will no doubt return to his prolific goalscoring form when playing at a club that plays in a sunnier country than England.

Wherever Tevez ends up this January, it’s fairly safe to say that it won’t be at Eastlands and that it’s only a matter of time until the hitman completes a move away from his current captors.

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