Carlos Tevez finally returned to Manchester this week and even with the Argentine hitman attracting his usual dose of cameramen and controversy, Sportingbet make him an industry-best 4/6 (1.67) to play for City again this season.
As if he sensed Luis Suarez was stealing all the headlines, Tevez ended his self-imposed exile by flying back to England while simultaneously infuriating his manager (again), claiming he was “treated like a dog” by Roberto Mancini.
The Italian has insisted on an apology before he will allow the striker to turn out in light blue, but Sportingbet make that reconciliation odds on, while they go 11/10 (2.10) he doesn’t play again this season. Even if he has a role to play in 2011/12, surely the summer holds a change of clubs for Tevez and leading the chase are AC Milan at 5/2 (3.50), despite their existing strikeforce taking Arsenal apart this week in the Champions League.
Few clubs carry the financial clout to attract Tevez, but Paris St. Germain (4/1), Anzhi Makhachkala (9/1) and Malaga (25/1) all have deep enough pockets to satisfy both Man City and Kia Joorabchian. Could any of that trio tempt the striker himself, however?
If you believe Tevez will be swayed by prestige, then the old interest of Inter (6/1) and Real Madrid (12/1) might yet appeal, while there’s little doubt the striker would love to be homeward bound for 8/1 Corinthians or 10/1 Boca Juniors.
Perhaps most unlikely is a stay in England, given his badly bruised reputation, but should Harry Redknapp somehow find himself in club management this summer, the Spurs boss has gone on record with his admiration. Tevez is 25/1 to make the switch to North London while the shorter trip back to the red half of Manchester is a firm outsider at 66/1.
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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