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Carlos Tevez inadvertently prevents Manchester United signing South American youngster

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Carlos Tevez has inadvertently prevented his former club Manchester United from signing one of the brightest young prospects in South American football.

The 32-year-old rejoined Boca Juniors, the club where he started his professional career, last summer after a successful spell with Juventus and scored nine goals to help them win both the Copa Argentina and the Argentine Primera Division.

He left Old Trafford to join neighbours Manchester City way back in 2009, however a clause in his current contract has stopped the Red Devils from approaching his teammate and highly-rated youngster Rodrigo Bentancur.

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When Tevez returned to Argentina to pursue his dream of winning the league title, Juventus inserted a stipulation into the deal which stated that they would have first option on all youngsters at Boca until April 2017.

As a result, the Italian champions had an offer for Bentancur accepted before all of the other clubs that were interested him, which included AC Milan, Champions League holders Real Madrid and Man United.

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Boca president Daniel Angelici confirmed that the deal to take Bentancur to Juve had been completed but he also revealed that, of all the remaining suitors for the 19-year-old, United were top of the list.

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Angelici told TyC Sports, via The Independent: "It (the contract) is already signed. When I was in Switzerland recently Juventus informed me that they were going to activate the option so I will travel to Turin soon in order to complete the deal."

He continued: "I think it's very good business for Boca. Juventus will play £6.7 million for 50 per cent of his rights. He (Bentancur) must have something because there were a lot of clubs interested.

"Real Madrid made a proposal, Manchester (United) also came and Milan made a £12.5 million formal offer to sign him."

Who is Rodrigo Bentancur?

Bentancur is a talented Uruguayan midfielder who graduated from Boca's youth system, making his first-team debut for the current Argentine champions in the Copa Libertadores aged 17.

He's capable of playing in front of the back four as well as in an attacking midfield role, and has one goal to his name from 39 senior appearances.

Take a look at the video below containing some of Bentancur's best moments for Boca if you want to see the starlet in action:

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