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City expected to see off Chelsea in battle for United striker Tevez
Published : 22 Jun 2009 02:29:23
Carlos Tevez will join Manchester City on a five-year deal next week unless Chelsea match the £130,000-a-week salary on offer at Eastlands. Tevez quit Manchester United on Saturday after two years at the club and the Argentinian is expected to sign for Mark Hughes' ambitious side when he returns from a holiday in south America. City and Chelsea have agreed to pay the £25.5m to secure the striker's services, but Hughes has inched ahead after offering Tevez a guaranteed starting place in the team. Although new Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti contacted Tevez last week in an attempt to persuade him that his future is at Stamford Bridge, the player is convinced that City will soon be English football's dominant force. It is understood that he is motivated by the prospect of playing for another 'underdog', just as he did when he began his career with Boca Juniors in Argentina, before moving to Corinthians in Brazil and then the amazing season when he single-handedly kept West Ham in the Barclays Premier League. Tevez, 25, has made it clear that he wants to join a club with a history of battling against the odds and City, who have spent decades in the shadows of their great rivals United, fit the bill.