Somehow you just knew that the Carlos Tevez transfer to Corinthians wouldn’t pass without a couple of hitches and so it proved on Wednesday after the Brazilian club reportedly pulled out of their attempts to sign the Manchester City striker.
Many were already sceptical of how Corinthians could afford to fork out £40 million to land the signature of Tevez, let alone stump up the reported £200,000 per week in salary for the Argentina international.
It appears as though City might have to look elsewhere to find a potential bidder for the former Manchester United forward, although his team-mate Mario Balotelli doesn’t appear too bothered about the prospect of Tevez leaving.
The Italian told ESPN: “It does not matter if Carlos is here or not. If Carlos is here it’s good, while if he goes away I’m sure someone else will arrive. Carlos is a great player, so I hope he’s going to stay. But I’ve seen great players leave clubs before. It happened at [his former club] Internazionale. This is football. We have a good team here. If a player wants to leave it’s his decision but we’ll still be a good team.”
Balotelli could emerge as City’s star striker if indeed Tevez were to leave although his future is now in the balance after this latest news.