Saturday, 16th July, 2011

Brazilian side Corinthians have upped their offer for Manchester City’s wantaway striker Carlos Tevez.

Corinthians had placed a bid worth €40M on the table for the Argentine, who is desperate to return to South America to be closer to his daughters in his native Argentina, but City rejected this.

The Citizens want to replace Tevez with another striker pushing to leave his club side – Sergio Aguero.

Corinthians’ new offer has added on a number of conditional payments to the basic €40M, which could see the total amount paid by the Brazilian side rise to €44M.

While this is still below City’s stated asking price of £50M, it is an improvement and one the English club have yet to sit down and consider.

Thought crucial is City’s assessment of how much will be needed to buy Aguero from Atletico Madrid; the English side want Tevez’ sale to entirely fund their purchase of Aguero.

If the bid were accepted Tevez could expect a huge drop in his current wage packet of over £200,000 per week and any signing-on fee would be limited.

For Corinthians and Brazilian football though the symbolism would be clear. Bringing a star back from Europe at the peak of his powers and for a record-breaking fee would serve as a statement of intent from a fast growing league more used to exporting talents than importing them.

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