Premier League - Corinthians 'close' to cut-price Tevez deal
Wed, 26 Oct 13:03:00 2011
The Brazilian club's president Andres Sanchez has said an agreement for the Argentine "is close" for less than half the amount offered during the summer.
Sanchez said: "Tevez is close to joining Corinthians, though many people do not believe it. Before the offer was €40m, now the figure is €18m."
Corinthians appear determined to take advantage of the breakdown in Tevez's relationship with City manager Roberto Mancini.
On Tuesday the club fined him four weeks' wages - close to £1 million - after finding him guilty of five breaches of contract, including a refusal to warm up during a Champions League game against Bayern Munich.
The striker is thought to be considering legal action against Mancini, who claimed the player refused to play - which Tevez denies.
However, City insist they will not allow Tevez to leave the club on the cheap.
A spokesman said: "I can confirm that, following a phone call between Roberto and the chairman, the club's formal position is that no offer for Carlos will be considered unless it reflects true market value."
Tevez played for Corinthians between 2004 and 2006, when he signed for West Ham in a controversial move that broke the Premier League's third-party ownership rules.
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