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Carlos Tevez 'agreed Manchester City deal two weeks ago'
Published : 22 Jun 2009 10:13:01
The Mirror claims the Argentina forward will complete his £25.5 million move in the coming days, but had decided to leave Old Trafford over two weeks ago based on his belief that Sir Alex Ferguson did not rate him enough to make him a first choice player. News that Tevez would not return for United's pre-season training broke over the weekend after the club announced he had rejected the offer of a five-year contract. City meanwhile are thought to have tabled a deal worth over £100,000-a-week over five years. It is also being reported that Ferguson was aware of Tevez's decision go and as such has been on the hunt for a suitable replacement ever since. So far, United have been linked with signing Wigan's Antonio Valencia, Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery this summer using the £80m generated through the almost complete sale of Cristiano Ronaldo. Tevez's arrival at City stands to cast a degree of doubt over the future of Robinho, who, after one season in the Premier League, may find himself as Mark Hughes' third choice striker behind the Argentine and Craig Bellamy. Hughes has made no secret of his plans to remodel his attack and midfield this summer after struggling to hit the back of the net last season, and having already signed Gareth Barry from Aston Villa and with Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz likely to arrive in the coming days, Robinho's place looks most at risk.