Either way you cut it, the move of Carlos Tevez from Eastlands to the Scudetto holders, as reported by numerous outlets in both England and Italy, including Sky, is a good piece of business for everyone concerned.
At an estimated fee of €12 million, Tevez—who has yet to agree to personal terms at Juventus but is expected to sign a three-year pact after undergoing a medical on Wednesday—represents something of a coup for the Turin giants.
While a handful of other clubs will be bidding up the prices of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez to around four times that amount in the coming weeks, the Bianconeri have managed to secure a proven goalscorer with a winning track record at a relative bargain.
Granted, Tevez only has 21 goals to show for his last two seasons of work, but in the four before that he tallied an average of 21.5 times per campaign and has a CV that also includes a pair of Premier League titles, the Champions League, an FA Cup and League Cup.
In other words, he has the right mindset for a club that sets out each season to win trophies, and assuming his bullish, direct style of attacking translates well to Italian football, there’s no reason to assume he won’t quickly establish himself as one of the preferred strikers in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system.
Manchester City, meanwhile, will be delighted to have £200,000 per week in wages off their books. Coupled with the recent exits of both manager Roberto Mancini and troublesome forward Mario Balotelli, they have also served notice that they won’t be abiding personalities that unsettle the atmosphere of the club.
Tevez, of course, went AWOL for five months during the 2011-12 season after refusing to come on as a substitute during a Champions League group stage match away at Bayern Munich in September 2011. Although he returned to play 39 matches for City in all competitions last term, you never got the feeling he was in the club’s plans going forward.
His exit has Txiki Begiristain’s fingerprints all over it, and the City director of football—who previously worked in an identical role at Barcelona—has sent a message with the transaction that the Etihad Stadium values attitude and off-field behaviour as much as on-field success. That it is a serious club with a blueprint for the future, not merely a moneybags video game side.
The space freed up by Tevez’s astronomical wages will also allow Begiristain even more wiggle room in the summer transfer market. The club has previously been linked to everyone from Napoli’s Cavani (Daily Mail) to Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski (Telegraph), and once this move is formalized they will likely move quickly to secure their target.
Rarely in football do both clubs involved in a high-profile transfer come out looking good, but that’s exactly what’s happened regarding Tevez. Both Juventus and Manchester City can be pleased with the business they conducted late Tuesday.