CORINTHIANS HAVE SCRAPPED their efforts to rescue Carlos Tevez from Manchester City less than 48 hours before the Brazilian transfer window shuts tomorrow.
Although the clubs had agreed the fundamentals of a £40m transfer which would allow the wantaway Argentinian striker to be closer to his family, a statement from the Brazilian club last night said that the deal was “impossible” to complete in the time remaining.
“The board of Sporting Club Corinthians hereby officially announce the impossibility of hiring the Argentine striker Carlos Tevez,” the Corinthians statement read.
“While acknowledging the efforts of Manchester City and all involved in the negotiation, more time is needed for the transfer to be achieved, given that the window to sign players from abroad closes on Wednesday, July 20.”
Reports yesterday indicated that City had agreed to accept payment in four staggered installments, provided that Corinthians could supply bank guarantees for a transfer fee which dwarfs the previous club record of £9.35m – paid to Boca Juniors for Tevez in 2004.
While these guarantees are likely to have been the deal’s final barrier, the Sao Paolo club have not given up all hope of signing Tevez in January – provided he does not move elsewhere in the meantime.
We are aware of the dream our fans had of having this player at Corinthians again and we look forward to him being with us in the near future.