Juventus fans have mobbed Carlos Tevez in Turin this afternoon, as the Manchester City striker undergoes at medical after flying in from England.
City and Italian champions Juventus have agreed an deal that could rise to over $18 million, with various incentives and add ons included.
Tevez, 29, is set to seal his switch to Juve later today after completing all the formalities, bringing an end to his turbulent seven-year career in England.
With just over a year left on his City contract, Tevez was always likely to move on this summer and Juventus have pounced to snap up the former Boca Juniors, Corinthians, West Ham and Manchester United striker. The Argentinian forward hasn’t always ingratiated himself with soccer fans, especially at both Manchester clubs, but his ability on the field is sublime and Juve have bought a top striker.
But looking back on his tumultuous career, first Tevez was embroiled in a massive ownership battle when initially arriving in England to play for West Ham. A fiasco ensued after it was revealed that Tevez’ agent Kia Joorabachian actually part-owned Tevez and his Argentine teammate Javier Mascherano in a third-party ownership deal.
Eventually Tevez sealed a switch to Manchester United, as he became a fans favorite with the Red Devils. But when his two-year loan deal ended following complicated Fifa rulings and transfer dealings with West Ham, Tevez was offered a five-year contract and United offered to pay Tevez’ $38 million transfer fee. However he famously turned United down and instead moved to their closest rivals, Manchester City.
The now infamous billboard brandishing a picture of Tevez with the slogan “Welcome to Manchester” made headlines as the Argentine switched United for City.
But throughout his Man City career Tevez was never far from controversy, falling out with ex-manager Roberto Mancini on many occasions and even returning home to Argentina for a matter of months whilst refusing to play for City during a Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
So despite all this rigmarole and disruption, Tevez will bring goals to Juve’s Serie A and Champions League charge. He is a pure goalscorer and works his socks off whenever he gets on the pitch and is a predator in and around the penalty box. Carlitos has scored 198 goals in 453 career appearances and with Andrea Pirlo feeding through inch-perfect passes, his goalscoring chances should be endless with “La Vecchia Signora” or “The Old Lady” as Juve are famously called.
Tevez has also won plenty of trophies in his career, with three EPL titles, one UEFA Champions League title, an FA Cup and League Cup whilst in England. He likes to win and so do Juventus.
Match made in heaven? Usually there’s nothing saintly about Carlos Tevez. Italian soccer will soon find that out…