Goal discusses why selling Carlos Tevez this summer may be the best move for Manchester City.
According to the media vultures in the blue half of Manchester, Manuel Pellegrini is set to fill the managerial vacancy left by Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium.
The Chilean coach announced his departure from Malaga this week and it is understood that he will start work with the dethroned Premier League champions in June.
One of the main agendas on Pellegrini's task-list when he commences his new managerial job will be to hold talks with striker Carlos Tevez, regarding the latter's unresolved future at the club.
Tevez's contract runs out in the summer of 2014 and since he has shown no intentions of signing a new deal, this leaves Manchester City with only two viable options - either keep their prized asset for another season until his contract runs out, or cash in on their controversy-riddled 'misunderstood genius'.
Thus, it is fair to say that now is the best possible time for Manchester City to part company with Tevez.
There's no doubting the Argentine's talents and penchant eye for goal. When in form, his energy and liveliness adds a new dimension to City’s attack and the 29-year-old's contributions up-front in the tail-end of the season were pivotal in securing the Sky Blues' first league title in over 44 years last May.
However, Tevez's on-field influence at City is slowly waning.
Although 17 goals in 39 appearances is a decent return for any top-flight striker, Tevez has often suffered from inconsistency this season. With several young and proven strikers available in the transfer market, keeping Tevez for another season will make little sense.
Moreover, it's the player himself who wants to leave the club and his attitude could make it all the more difficult for both, his teammates, as well as, Pellegrini to operate as a cohesive unit next term.
During City's defeat to Bayern Munich in the group stages of the Champions League last season, Tevez refused to come on as a substitute while Mancini's men were 2-0 down. The former Manchester United star was subsequently suspended and he jetted off to his homeland in order to force through a transfer.
Although Tevez eventually came back to Manchester and despite Mancini prophesizing that he would never play for the club again, he has since been heavily involved in their fixtures. However he has continued to express his desire to leave City, possibly for Boca Juniors.
The likes of Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly willing to dish out £20 million for Tevez and City could needlessly suffer a huge financial loss if they don't listen to these offers for a player who often has stated his desire to leave.
With Financial Fair Play (FFP) coming into effect from 2014, it's important for the club to manage their transfers efficiently, unlike in the Mancini-era. The sum of £20 million might not meet their asking price for Tevez, but it's a better alternative to losing the player on a Bosman transfer.
Moreover, by selling Tevez, City will be able to free up wages and get the funds required to sign another world-class and relatively younger striker like Edinson Cavani or Stevan Jovetic.
Frankly, Tevez has never really adapted to life in England. Although he has been in the country for a long time, the former West Ham striker still has difficulties with the language.
Not to forget, in order to build a good team atmosphere, Pellegrini will benefit by dumping players like Tevez, who in the past, have often disrupted the off-field environment within the club.
For many, Tevez is already a part of Manchester City's ever-growing history, but it will be best if the roller-coaster relationship between the two parties comes to an end in this summer.
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