United set to complete permanent deal for Tevez

July 26, 2008

Manchester United are expected to make Carlos Tevez a permanent signing before the end of the year.

Reports suggest the fee will be £32million, which will make Tevez the most expensive player in English football.

The Premier League champions are believed to be close to agreeing a deal with Tevez's owners - sports investment firm MSI - which will turn his current two-year loan deal into a permanent move.

United chief executive David Gill earlier this week admitted: 'We have spoken to Carlos and see him as part of our long-term squad.

'We have been pleased with his first season. He is a good age - a great player and well liked within the team.

'We know what we have to do and what we have to pay. The only issue is that we would have to sort out a long-term contract for him.

'But it's not a problem - we can do it in September, October, November or December.'

Without a new contract, the 24-year-old Argentina striker would be free to talk to other clubs in January.

Kia Joorabchian - whose MSI company have owned the player since last year - explained today: 'We will help him accelerate the deal to make sure it goes through.

'Everyone's keen to make sure his future is dealt with in the correct way. Manchester United have been fantastic with Carlos - he's very lucky to have them and they are lucky too because he's been very good for them.

'It looks like it should happen - but we don't know the timing, whether it will be a month, two or six. But we'll make sure when the time is right everything is done smoothly.'

United did the Premier League and Champions League double last season - and the Argentinian wants a repeat this year - with the FA Cup to boot.

Joorabchian continued: 'He wants to do the treble - that's his ambition at the moment.

'He had six months at West Ham struggling at the bottom but managed to help them survive - and in his first season at Manchester United he won the double.

'He's won 11 major titles and he's only 24 - but winning the Champions League meant the most to him - he's extremely proud to win that with Manchester United. They are one of the biggest clubs in the world.'

Joorabchian also moved to clarify Tevez's position on Cristiano Ronaldo.

Tevez was quoted earlier in the week claiming his United team-mate should be allowed to join Real Madrid if he wishes.

However, Joorabchian explained: 'Carlos isn't the type to talk about other players or their futures.

'He said that Cristiano has to make up his own mind and that it's up to him - obviously we want him to stay but if he wants to leave there's nothing we can do.

'That was what he said through his broken English - which is getting much better.'