Corinthians have given up on their pursuit of Carlos Tevez, according to a press release on their official website. This news would not be a surprise if Manchester City had not announced less than 48 hours ago that they had, in fact, reached a deal with the Brazilian club to take the wantaway Argentina striker off their hands, but they did and now the whole saga somehow looks even more nonsensical. Allow me to summarise:
- Corinthians claim they have a lot of cash, offer more than £30M for Tevez.
- Manchester City reject the bid, valuing Tevez at £50M.
- Everyone in the world questions how on earth Corinthians can afford Tevez's transfer fees and/or wages.
- Corinthians raise their bid to an eventual £39M.
- Manchester City accept that bid, ask for money so that they can buy Sergio Aguero.
- Corinthians can't give them money, because they don't have any.
- Deal falls through.
- Brazilian transfer window closes.
If that sounds totally above board to anyone of you, I have a slightly used, grumpy Argentina international to sell. Caution! Gets even surlier in the rain; hates playing football.