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The Serie A outfit's director, Pavel Nedved, has reportedly been in regular contact with Roberto Mancini about taking the troubled forward away from the Etihad Stadium

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Juventus have entered the race for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez with a £21 million offer, according to The Guardian.

The paper claims that the Italian club’s director, former Czech Republic international Pavel Nedved, has spoken with City manager Roberto Mancini several times about taking the wantaway Argentine off his hands.

Tevez is currently absent without leave in his homeland and recently expressed a desire to return to former club Boca Juniors but a lack of funds may scupper such a deal, with interest from Italy seen as more realistic.

AC Milan are known suitors but have reportedly so far only offered a loan-to-buy deal, with City looking for an upfront sale to end the ongoing saga.

The club’s chairman, Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, is reportedly holding out for closer to £25m for the former Manchester United forward, who joined the Premier League leaders in 2009.

Tevez has endured an eventful season, being fined by City after allegedly refusing to warm up in a Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich in September and refusing to return to training.

The 27-year-old’s last appearance was in a League Cup match against Birmingham on September 23.

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