City duo’s futures still unclear

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.”