It does not matter where Carlos Tevez goes. Whatever happens, whether he be a success story or not, the player’s unwavering desire to return to his native homeland of Argentina with Boca Juniors has riddled his time at some of the world’s biggest and best clubs.
So strong is his wish to return a move could materialise as early as this summer. He is currently midway through a three-year contract at Juventus in Serie A, but if he manages to win the club another league title Massimiliano Allegri may allow him to leave sooner than widely expected.
The Argentinean Premier League is not one that often headlines the pages of the European papers. With no link to the world’s largest clubs, despite stadiums often brimming with atmosphere, Boca remains a club capable of attracting some big names and have done over the years.
Tevez was theirs from the years 2001 to 2004. In that time he established himself as one of the rising stars of the game, netting 38 times in 110 appearances to catch the eye of the globe’s elite. He also helped them win the Copa Libertadores in 2003, the South American version of the Champions League.
Ever since he has moved away the club have pulled at his heartstrings. An emotional bond in football is often harder to break, even with the lure of greater riches of an improved contract. Whatever Juventus could offer him financially, it could be time for the club to wave goodbye to their hero.
Despite Tevez being the undisputed talisman of Allegri’s champions, the Old Lady already possess a plethora of attacking options that could increase if they opt to swoop for a big-name replacement.
Alvaro Morata has been linked with a shock return to Real Madrid in recent weeks, but could stay to lead the line particularly if his chances of nailing down a starting berth on a regular basis are boosted.
Fernando Llorente has never quite hit the heights of his days in La Liga with Athletic Bilbao, and may join Tevez in heading away for a new challenge with Arsenal reportedly keen to bring him to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season.
The club may instead opt to swoop for a replacement in the form of toiling Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao. The Colombian has cut an isolated figure at Old Trafford under Louis Van Gaal this season, and could move to Serie A in order to rebuild his faltering career.
Pablo Dybala is another on the club’s radar. The Palermo striker has been a revelation in Italian football this term, but is also tickling Van Gaal’s fancy with the Dutchman already exploring possible Falcao replacements.