Manchester City have rejected Corinthians’ £40 million bid for Carlos Tevez.
It maintains the level of uncertainty surrounding Tevez’s future, with the player desperate to leave for family reasons and City refusing to sanction the departure of their skipper without adequate compensation.
No reason has been given by City for their stance, which will not go down well with Tevez, who is currently at the Copa America in Argentina.
However, when the 27-year-old publicly expressed a desire to move away from the club last week, City officials immediately stressed that with three years left on the striker’s contract, they were in the strongest bargaining position.
Using the £50m Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres as a guide, City pointed out that as they regarded Tevez as one of the world’s best forwards, they saw no reason why he should be allowed to leave on the cheap.