Either Tevez to join, but El Shaarawy to stay?
Manchester City are close to signing Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy, with Carlos Tevez heading the other way in a player-plus-cash deal, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Tevez came close to leaving the Etihad Stadium for Milan last year after a high-profile bust-up with then City manager Roberto Mancini, though the pair eventually resolved their differences and he ended up working his way back into the first-team setup at the club.
It is still thought that he could move on this summer though, as the Rossoneri claim to have renewed interest in 29-year-old.
“Carlitos won’t betray me,” Galliani said before showing off a text message from Joorabchian.
“I like Carlitos a lot, because he’s a ‘nasty’ player. His wages? There will be no problems with Tevez.”
The South American earns €8.5 million-per-year, while the wage cap fixed by Galliani is €4 million plus a further €1 million in bonuses linked to the Champions League. In addition, Il Corriere dello Sport reports that the Argentine striker would be willing to accept a pay-cut and a three-ear contract.
The Manchester giant will try to tempt the Italians into selling wonderkid El Shaarawy in a €40 million package deal. However, the San Siro side are apparently not interested in a swap move.
“Who says that El Shaarawy will leave?” he said.
The 20-year-old star also dismissed talk of him leaving, claiming he is happy to stay at Milan.
“I don’t think I will leave Milan,” he said. “If Manchester City really want me, it flatters me; but I want to stay here.”