Sunday, 8 April 2007

The Vultures Circle

It's time to don the protective clothing and take a less than salutary wade through the Sunday tabloid gossip sections.

The News of the World claims Chelsea and Manchester United have joined Europe's top clubs in the battle to snap up Carlos Tevez. The Argentine striker is already being chased by Juventus, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, plus sundry other members of G14. Although we are rumoured to have first refusal to buy Tevez at the end of the season, it is suggested that Eggert Magnusson will baulk at the £25million price tag even if Premiership survival is secured. The article states that there has been no attempt to open talks with Kia Joorabchian, the man who was behind the loan deal that took Tevez and fellow Argy Javier Mascherano to Upton Park in August. With that in mind, third party discussions have already taken place to move the player to Stamford Bridge.

The Sunday Express take a slightly different tack and believe Eggert Magnusson will do everything in his power to keep Tevez beyond this season, despite the difficulties presented by Media Sports Investments. In the same article, Alan Curbishley confuses the picture even more by suggesting the Argentine's future is not necessarily dependent on Premiership survival. He is quoted as saying: "Carlos is effectively here to the end of the season and there is a facility to sign him, but I think that facility is for other clubs as well. We’ll have to see what happens in the summer. But I don’t know about us only being able to sign him if we’re in the Premiership. West Ham are a big club, as I’ve learnt even more since I’ve been here." The Sunday People believe Tevez is in no rush to move but caution that a move to Liverpool in June is very much a possibility.

Also in the Sunday People is a story about Neil Warnock's interest in Nigel Reo-Coker. They suggest the Sheffield United manager will make a £4 million summer swoop for the Irons skipper if he keeps the Blades in the Premiership. Finally, the Sunday Mirror repeat their claim from a few weeks ago that Reo-Coker, Matthew Etherington, Paul Konchesky and Anton Ferdinand will all leave the club in the summer regardless of what division we find ourselves in next season.

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