Tevez saga

Plot to break Tevez-agent deal denied by Fergie

May 15, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Sir Alex Ferguson has distanced Manchester United from suggestions they could ask Carlos Tevez to break his contract with Kia Joorabchian in order sign the Argentine on permanent deal.

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United are trying to broker a deal that would keep Tevez at Old Trafford beyond the end of his present two-year 'leasing' agreement, which is due to expire at the end of the month.

On Wednesday evening, after Tevez helped fire United to within a point of the Premier League title thanks to his goal in the 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic, Ferguson revealed that negotiations were complicated because United were not dealing with a club in order to gain Tevez's registration, but Joorabchian who owns the player's economic rights.

It was reported that Old Trafford club may seek to use European law to break the deal between Tevez and Joorabchian, although given the close relationship between player and advisor it is doubtful such a bid would be successful, and Ferguson confirmed it is not a route he intends to go down.

''We could all break our contracts,'' he said. ''I am not discussing anything like that. It is a bit far-fetched really.''

Although Ferguson is of the opinion that Tevez would like to stay with the club, Joorabchian has contradicted this by hinting that the 25-year-old is keen to leave in the summer after becoming disenchanted with the uncertainty over his future and a lack of regular first team action.

Tevez has been linked with a £40m move to AC Milan in the summer, while Real Madrid and Manchester City are also thought to be monitoring the situation.

Under the terms of the lease agreement with Joorabchian it is understood that United could sign the player permanently for a figure of around £22m. Reports suggest United are unwilling to meet that valuation in the current economic climate, while Joorabchian is sticking steadfastly to the figure, arguing that it is a contractual obligation as stipulated under the original lease deal.

Despite the looming end of month deadline, and encouragement from supporters, Ferguson is reverting to previous policy and letting discussions run their course without any further intervention.

''There was a meeting with (chief executive) David Gill on Wednesday, that is a clear fact,'' he said. ''They discussed the avenue under which Carlos could stay with Manchester United. End of story. I realise you (the media) speak to his agent but I do not wish to discuss the matter any further.''