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Default Manchester City reject Corinthians' £35m bid for Carlos Tevez

Manchester City reject Corinthians' £35m bid for Carlos Tevez

• City value captain closer to £50m
• Argentina striker still optimistic of completing move

Andy Hunter, Tuesday 12 July 2011 20.53 BST

Carlos Tevez's hope of returning to South America with Corinthians is on hold after Manchester City rejected the Brazilian club's €40m (£35m) offer for their influential captain.

The Argentina international, who has cited a desire to be closer to his two daughters as reason for wanting to leave the FA Cup winners, was the subject of a club-record bid from his former employers on Monday night. City value last season's leading scorer closer to £50m and dismissed Corinthians' opening offer within 24 hours, confirming Kia Joorabchian's view that getting his client to Brazil "will not be simple".

As was the case when Tevez pushed for a transfer before the January transfer window, City's wealthy hierarchy feel under no pressure to sell a key figure in Roberto Mancini's team who is under contract at the club until 2014. However, City also recognise the destabilising effect of Tevez's frequent claims of disillusionment and a compromise fee, plus encouragement in their own search for a replacement, is likely to see the 27-year-old's wish granted this summer.

Last night the president of Corinthians, Andrés Sánchez, claimed that no official response had been received from City but on being told by ESPN Brasil that the Brazilian club's offer had been rejected, he said: "In that case it's over, we'll never have Tevez back at Corinthians."

Recognising that Tevez is the highest-paid player in the Premier League on £250,000-a-week, Sánchez added: "If he comes, he will be earning less. Because it's his wish to return here.

"If they want €50m, then he's going to stay in England. Corinthians are not going to raise their bid," said Sanchez, although ESPN Brasil noted this was "in the heat of the moment after being told the news".

Although time is running out for the deal to be agreed – the Brazilian transfer window closes on 20 July – Tevez and his representatives are hopeful a compromise agreement can be struck in the coming days, with Atlético Madrid's Sergio Agüero City's main target to replace him.

Tevez's representative, Joorabchian, said prior to City's rejection: "It is a big deal and a tough deal, because it is one of a very big nature and it might not be simple. We wait to see. If they [City] do accept, then everyone will be running to make it happen. If they don't we will have to see what other options would be available for him."

Real Madrid are another possible destination – the coach, José Mourinho, has said he wishes to sign another forward this summer – but Joorabchian added: "It is very difficult to start speculating – the reality is that Corinthians have made an offer. We have never spoken to Real Madrid and they have made no offer."

Corinthians' ability to fund a deal for Tevez came as a surprise but with a new training centre and 68,000-capacity stadium costing £140m due to open in 2013, they soon expect to become the biggest club in South America. The club reportedly bring in £40m every year from their TV rights and £23m from main shirt sponsors Neo Química.

Tevez originally joined Corinthians from Boca Juniors for £13.7m in 2005 and scored 25 goals in 38 league games before signing for West Ham in 2007. "His dream and mine is to see him back with Corinthians," Joorabchian added. "He said he has a job that does not end there, he wants to return because he has the dream of winning the Copa Libertadores.

"Corinthians have made the offer, now it depends only on Manchester City. The City has to make a decision. Everybody is working to make this happen, I, Corinthians, Tevez, Adrian Ruocco [Tevez's other agent]. It is impossible to determine the situation, but I think it's close.

Tevez said: "An offer arrived and I would have no problem returning. They got in contact with me, sent an offer to the club and in eight to 10 days the transfer market in Brazil closes."
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