SC Corinthians Paulista, Brazil’s biggest soccer team by revenue, will make another bid to sign Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez if the Argentine is still with the club in December, said Luis Paulo Rosenberg, who sits on the club’s board.
City this month rejected a 40 million euro ($56 million) offer from Sao Paulo-based Corinthians, who paid Argentina’s Boca Juniors $20 million for Tevez in 2004. Tevez, who played for Corinthians in 2004-2006, said he wants to leave City to be closer to his daughters, who live in Argentina with their mother.
Corinthians and City had been close to an accord but couldn’t complete a trade before Brazil’s transfer period closed July 20. Brazilian teams next can buy players in December.
“You can expect we will be back for him,” Rosenberg, who also is the club’s head of marketing, said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro. “Manchester City needed more money. They asked for more. I think we were short some 5 million euros. We still needed to negotiate with Tevez, too, but we couldn’t do that until we had an agreement with City.”
Tevez, 27, played for Corinthians when the club was owned by a company controlled by his agent, Kia Joorabchian.
Inter Milan Chief Executive Officer Ernesto Paolillo said in a text message today that while his team is interested in Tevez, it can’t make an offer until it manages to sell one of its higher-value players first.
Corinthians’ offer would have divided the payment for Tevez over four years. Rosenberg said the team would have used a quarter of its annual television budget, which he said was worth $60 million, toward the transfer fee.
“Tevez, besides being a fantastic player, has an emotional link with our supporters that is very special,” Rosenberg said. “I forecast a substantial increase in marketing revenues if we would buy Tevez, so it was not something so unusual or daredevil. For us it was in our budget.”
The forward scored 20 Premier League goals in the 2010-11 season to help City finish in third place and qualify for the Champions League for the first time. He also captained the team to the F.A. Cup, its first major trophy since 1976.
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