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PSG strike out for Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez's transfer saga may be nearing a close as the Argentine striker is rumoured to be joining French club PSG.
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2012 18:44
Carlos Tevez has been looking for an escape from Man City since breaking rules of his contract in September [EPA]

Argentine striker Carlos Tevez looks set to sign for Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint Germain after they and his present club Manchester City reached agreement on Tuesday according to sources within PSG and club owners QSI.

PSG have offered the Argentine international - who has been out of favour at City since refusing to go on during a Champions League match - a three-and-a-half year contract though no fee has been announced.

The deal is subject to the 27-year-old striker - who is due in Paris on Wednesday - agreeing to it.

Ironically, Tevez's move to Italian champions AC Milan fell through last week because of the refusal of their Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato to move to PSG in a reported $36 million deal.

PSG's Brazilian sporting director Leonardo has always been an admirer of the former Lazio, Manchester United and Boca Juniors star and renewed contact with him following his falling out with City manager Roberto Mancini.

However, the arrival of two-time Champions League winning coach Carlo Ancelotti at the end of December tilted the balance and the Italian has been vociferous in recent days in calling for an experienced world class striker to be signed by the club.

Talent and tantrums 

Tevez has enjoyed success at virtually every club he has played for, albeit never overstaying his welcome.

He landed the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup - which is now the World Club Cup - with Argentine side Boca Juniors in 2003 and earned himself the nickname from the fans of 'the people's player'.

He moved onto Brazilian outfit Corinthians and inspired them to the Brazilian championship before transferring to West Ham, whom he helped stay up in the Premier League on the last day of that season, scoring against Manchester United.

He moved to United from West Ham and collected the 2008 Champions League - a penalty shootout win over Chelsea - before a controversial move to United's city rivals where he was at first an inspirational influence.

Awarded the captaincy he went on to score 21 goals last season but his increasingly tense relations with Mancini came to the boil when according to the Italian he refused to go on as a substitute during the Champions League group stage defeat by Bayern Munich last September.

City found Tevez guilty of five breaches of contract for refusing to warm up in that match, which took place in September.

Tevez was then suspended for two weeks and had a four-week fine halved after the intervention of the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) Tevez has not flourished so much for the national side, never becoming a regular first choice and at last year's Copa America under then coach Sergio Batista was played on the left wing to little effect.

Tevez said afterwards that it had been a pointless exercise as his preferred position is striker.

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