What are you waiting for Carlos Mancini reveals Milan move is close for rebel Tevez
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed that misfit striker Carlos Tevez is closing in a deal to join AC Milan on a permanent transfer.
The news comes as former City team-mate Robinho enjoyed some sunshine with the Milan squad in Dubai on a winter training camp.
The Argentina striker has been on an extended break at home while the deal to end his nightmare at the Etihad Stadium was completed.
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His representatives have been speaking to officials at Milan about a possible move, but a sticking point has been the terms of the deal, with Milan wanting Tevez on loan initially and City keen to sell the player immediately.
Mancini said: “We hope AC Milan want to take him.
“It could be close in one week or 10 days, but I don”t know if it is possible.
“We can close this situation but they cannot take him on loan.”
But the snagging issues are close to being resolved and now City can move on from the affair which has dogged the club since their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich in September.
Tevez was found guilty of misconduct by the club for failing to warm-up during the 2-0 defeat in Germany.
City fined Tevez four weeks” wages and suspended him for two weeks – deemed to have already been served – after a disciplinary panel found the former Manchester United man guilty of five breaches of contract relating to his behaviour on the bench during the 2-0 loss at the Allianz Arena.
The Professional Footballers” Association become involved, making an intervention that saw the fine cut to two weeks” wages. The 27-year-old international then returned home to Argentina and hasn”t been back to England since.
Life”s a beach: Robinho shows Tevez what he”s missing out on as the AC Milan players enjoy a training trip to Dubai (and below)
A number of clubs had been tracking Tevez”s situation with former team Corinthians and Paris St Germain keento capture his signature.
But AC Milan have won the chase for the striker who vice-president Adriano Galliani described as the Italian giants” only target this winter.
Galliani said: “I believe and hope that Carlos arrives,” he stated. “We have dropped all other leads to bring someone who is one of the best in the world.
Sweat it out: The Milan players have been training at Al Ahli”s ground and at a local beach (above)
“Hecontinues to say that he wants only AC Milan and I am fully concentrated on this deal. The fans can rest assured that if they do notthe get the result they want it will not be for a lack of effort.”
Tevez”s future Milan team-mates including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pato have all been taking time to stay fit and catch some rays in the Dubai this week.
There”s no doubt that Tevez will note the weather there and in Milan will be a great deal better than Manchester has to offer at this time of year.
Moving on: Mancini can now put the Tevez saga behind him