Manchester City set to pip Chelsea in three-way battle for former United striker Tevez
25 June 2009 07:59
Manchester City are leading the way in a three-way chase for Carlos Tevez.
The striker, who has snubbed an offer of a five-year contract at Manchester United, is up for grabs this summer.
Both City and Chelsea have agreed to pay the £25.5million asking price - with City offering £130,000-a-week wages - but the player's advisor Kia Joorabchian has revealed that another club are also interested, possibly Barcelona.
Joorabchian believes that the Argentinian's future will be resolved by the end of next week and hinted City were in pole position for his signature.
'Right now we are evaluating the proposals from Manchester City,
Chelsea and one other team,' Joorabchian told Radio del Plata.
'In the next two weeks, Carlos, Adrian (Rouco, Tevez's agent) and I will meet to sort this out. City is a club with most of the chances because they are building a big squad, but it is not a decisive point.
'The contract with United officially runs to until June 31 and we'll respect that. After July 1, we'll see. We may be defined in 10 days.'
Last weekend, Tevez turned down a lucrative deal to stay at Old Trafford, with Joorabchian making clear it arrived too late.
'Carlitos has never asked United for money, he has never complained about his contract,' he added. It is not a problem regarding money, but we never talked about that in two years.
'In two years, (United manager Sir Alex) Ferguson always said we were going to sit down to negotiate but we never did so.
'He sent an offer, but it was too late because they had not offered anything in two years.'