While reports in England say Carlitos Tevez is as good as a Manchester United player with the deal set to be finalised next week it is worth noting that there is nothing on the deal so far out of Buenos Aires or Venezuela except a rehash of reports from the UK.
This is not to say that the deal is not on, just no word yet. After all fans back home in South America are often the last to hear what their heroes are up to these days. Reports in Brazil say MSI frontman Kia Joorabchian has not been in the region for months. Kia had run Corinthians for the mysterious Russian funded MSI and developed a close personal bond with Tevez whom he brought to Corinthians from Boca Juniors in 2005.
Kia is now considered the player’s agent and many would argue owner, despite the Premier League saying it was happy that West Ham – where Tevez played last season – had sorted out the paperwork and were the belated owners of his registration.
If Tevez does move – and he would be a brilliant capture by Sir Alex – it will be interesting to see how much of the rumoured £20mn fee West Ham get. If it turns out to be very little or none at all it might reignite action by Sheffield United and Wigan to have West Ham thrown out of the Premiership for irregularities surrounding the Tevez deal and have Sheffield reinstated in their place.