You can choose to view it either way, a statement of intent from the Old Lady or housekeeping by Manchester City. Whichever it is, both parties will mutually benefit from this transaction.
Carlos Tevez moved to Juventus for a bargain £7.6million earlier this week and it was evident to the world just how happy Juventus are to acquire his services. Throngs of joyous fans welcomed Tevez when he arrived and the player seemed genuinely happy as well.
Tevez endured a tumultuous and tempestuous time at Eastlands and a change of scenery was overdue for the Argentinian.
Juventus have acquired a proven goal scorer for a bargain considering the figures being bandied about for other forwards in demand like Cavani and Suarez. Tevez guarantees you goals. Granted, he only has 21 goals to show for his last two seasons of work, but in the four before that he managed an average of 21.5 goals per campaign and has a CV that also includes a pair of Premier League titles, the Champions League, an FA Cup and League Cup.
Tevez is perfect for Juve. He is a competitor, a fierce one and hates losing, evident from his work-rate on the football pitch and vicious celebration after victories over rivals.
In other words, he is a born terrier, a bull and exactly what Conte needs to compliment his stellar midfield.
Tevez is also versatile. He can play as the foremost forward, on the wing or as a support striker. In all of these positions he can be effective but is most deadly as a support striker.
He can track back, (often does), can act as the first line of defence for Juventus with his constant pressing and can be deadly on the counter attack since even at 29, he retains remarkable pace.
He possesses great body strength and balance, which will hold him in good stead for the physical nature of Italian football. The fact that he rarely gets injured is another big plus for the Old Lady.
Manchester City will be more than pleased to have his wages off their books. Coupled with the recent exits of both manager Roberto Mancini and troublesome forward Mario Balotelli, they have also served notice that they won’t be abiding troublesome and unsettling personalities at the club.
The space freed up by Tevez’ departure opens up opportunities for City to move for another forward to supplement Sergio Aguero. Edin Dzeko’s future at the club has been uncertain for a while now and he may well be on the move to a different club or as makeweight in any Lewandowski bid.
Rarely do we witness such a high-profile transfer that leaves both parties as content as this one. Serie A, brace yourselves.
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