So Carlos Tevez, the signing of whom is Manchester City’s greatest achievement since they won the Sponsorship Cup (back in Sponsorship Cup’s pre-sponsorship days) some 34 years ago, could be on his way out in January. In a way, such rumours were inevitable following his well-publicised bust-up with former scarf model Roberto Mancini, with said bust-up supposedly attracting the interest of La Liga champs Barcelona.
Tevez clashed with Mancini at half-time in their game against Newcastle, arguing that his tactics were too negative: Tevez had been playing as a lone striker, with Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry and Nigel Mortal Kombat de Jong all playing (although I do recognise that Mancini utilises Toure in an advanced midfield position more often than not). Mancini’s not exactly averse to axing dissenters, following Craig Bellamy’s loan move to Cardiff.
The appeal to Barcelona is understandable, even if it does have a bit of a ‘knee-jerk’ feel to it. The Catalans have dropped four points from their opening six games (which isn’t terrible, but this is a club that dropped just 15 points in total last season) and have scored less goals than Malaga, Getafe, Villareal, Valencia and Real Madrid. So whilst they boast an impressive array of attacking options, in the likes of Messi, Villa, Pedro, Bojan and Jeffren, they’ve still had a disappointing start, one that saw them lose at home to newly-promoted Hercules. Missing Zlatan, are we?
One thing to note is that this isn’t like tempting an unhappy Javier Mascherano away from a skint Liverpool. The one thing Barca could hope for is an irreparable argument with Mancini, because money alone certainly won’t do it.
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