by Tom Stewart
Italian giants AC Milan have called off their hunt for want-away Manchester City Striker Carlos Tevez.
Milan were reportedly interested in bringing the Argentine to the San Siro to replace Alexandre Pato, who was possibly heading to Paris St Germain. However, Pato has decided to stay in Italy, and with a host of other striking options at Milan, they have decided to end their interest.
City seem reluctant to allow Tevez to leave on loan, leaving him with a limited set of options, so where next for the Argentine?
Milan’s rivals, Inter seem to be the only club capable and willing to splash the cash on Tevez. However with Diego Forlan soon to be returning from injury, and the Diego Milito and Giampaolo Pazzini partnership starting to find form, the big question is whether or not they need him.
Tevez’s apparent attitude problem means that managers are less likely to take a risk on him, especially when he seems to become restless very quickly. This is a far cry from his reputation as a hard working, passionate club man that he appeared to be at West Ham.
His opinions on England make it seem unlikely that he’ll move elsewhere in the Premiership, despite supposed interest from QPR. City’s price tag (a reported £40m) would put most clubs off him anyway.
On to France where money bags Paris St Germain could be interested, and would appear to have the money to take him to France, where his family may be more keen to move to than Manchester. There has been no interest from Paris however, but don’t rule out a bid from the attention horny Parisians.
In Spain it seems unlikely that either Barcelona and Real Madrid would neither want nor need Tevez, despite David Villa’s injury for Barcelona. The only other Spanish side with any hope of affording him would be Malaga, who’s actual new found wealth may have been over exaggerated, and with Malaga currently 6th in the La Liga table, the prospect of another Champions League-less season may put Tevez off.
Outside of Europe, there is the possibility of a huge pay day in countries such as Russia, Usa or in the Middle-East, alongside China where he could follow Nicolas Anelka’s lead. One huge stumbling block here would be what started this whole mess in the first place. If his family are unwilling to move to Europe would they necessarily be willing to follow him to somewhere like Qatar?
That only really leaves him with the possibility of moving back to South America. Tevez previously played for both Boca Juniors in Argentina and Corinthians in Brazil. Boca would be some way off of meeting City’s valuation of the striker, and would need him to take a considerable pay cut to have any chance of landing him. Several Brazilian stars have returned to their homeland in previous years, such as Ronaldinho, Fred, Ronaldo and Adriano, so there does seem to be money in Brazil, but enough to land a world-class player in his supposed prime?