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City duo's futures still unclear
Published : 04 Aug 2011 19:12:00
Shaun Wright-Phillips remains on Bolton's radar but it is Carlos Tevez's future that continues to attract most attention at Manchester City. It has been claimed by respected Argentinian football observer Jose Alberti that Tevez will eventually leave City for Inter Milan on loan. Sources close to the player spoke encouragingly about the warmth of conversations that have taken place between Tevez and manager Roberto Mancini over Tevez's return to training, which will happen on Monday. It was an encouraging development in a fraught summer, which has included a transfer demand from the controversial striker. Yet any belief those discussions with Mancini might lead to a lessening of Tevez's resolve to get out of Manchester appear misplaced. The player's family are adamant they will not relocate to the city, leading Tevez to try to secure a move to a city more suitable for wife Vanesa and the couple's two young daughters. A proposed move to Corinthians fell through last month, with the Brazilian outfit unable to meet City's demands for payment of a transfer fee said to be around £40million. It leaves Inter as the most likely destination during the present transfer window, although any deal hinges on the transfer of Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson has been playing a delicate negotiating game with Sneijder and was furious at claims he had publicly told the Dutchman it was time to make a decision about a high-profile switch to Old Trafford. But Alberti insists that deal will go through, paving the way for Tevez to agree a short-term stint at the San Siro. "Am I sure? Of course, I have said this for months," Alberti told IlSussidiario.net. "Sneijder will go to United and Inter Milan will reinvest the money in the transfer for Tevez. "El Apache (Tevez) will arrive in Milan on loan for the following terms - £13million immediately, and the same number at the end of next season. "Inter will take home a successful and experienced champion." There are other options, which include the potential transfers of Samuel Eto'o and Maicon to City, although whether Mancini is actually interested in either player, or more importantly the Blues' board wish to sanction such a signing, is open to considerable debate. Nothing can be taken for granted in Tevez's unpredictable career and with City remaining in the hunt for a playmaker in the mould of Arsenal's Samir Nasri, who has long been linked with a move to the Blues, further twists can be anticipated. The case of Wright-Phillips appears rather more straightforward. Like Shay Given, Wright-Phillips was amongst a group of players whom Mancini apparently likes but can offer little prospect of first-team action. As with Given, the winger's wages are prohibitive to many clubs, Bolton seemingly amongst them considering manager Owen Coyle would like to get Wright-Phillips to the Reebok Stadium. "Shaun is a terrific player, a player we know well and he's an outstanding talent," said the Trotters chief. "Whether anything happens with that remains to be seen, but he's a very good player."