The Express has reported that Manchester City are considering offering Carlos Tevez and a fee of over £20 million for the transfer of striker Stephan El Shaarawy.
City were always going to tool up again this summer having lost the Premier League title to Manchester United and seeing Jose Mourinho walk into his role at Stamford Bridge but this deal may not be the best way to go about it.
There have been numerous stories and rumours over the last week stating Carlos Tevez has had enough of Manchester, England and the Premier League, seemingly wanting the chance to join any huge club.
Bear in mind he has already had the chance to join AC Milan but they clearly weren’t that keen to push the deal through quickly.
They will not want to lose El Shaarawy and regardless of Tevez’s calibre in European football, he’s not a player they should want to exchange for such a talented young man.
That’s not a negative as far as City are concerned because Tevez can still do a very good job again next season under imminent new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Tevez bagged 11 goals in 32 appearances for the club in Roberto Mancini’s final season in charge and that was largely only due to the fact that he started only 28 league games.
However, he embodies everything a striker needs to be successful consistently in the Premier League.
He’s a stronger, more physical, more bullish striker than El Shaarawy who doesn’t need protecting and doesn’t need to settle in at the start of next season.
El Shaarawy is a much smaller player, less experienced and less physically developed which means there is going to be greater pressure on players like Yaya Toure and Fernandinho next season to protect him.
Where El Shaarawy would thrive is when City dominate possession and can utilise his best natural qualities such as his pace and ability to control the ball while running at a defence with extreme speed.
El Shaarawy is a special 20-year-old forward and it’s going to take a lot more than Tevez and £20 million to secure him on a deal from the San Siro.
That should allow Tevez the chance to lead the attack at City next season alongside Sergio Aguero, the best attacking partnership the side has to offer.
There is no point in losing Tevez unless he makes it abundantly clear that he wants to leave because he’s still an extremely valuable Premier League player.
City would be better off trying to keep both of them. If Edin Dzeko is sold to Chelsea, City can come up with a mega bid for El Shaarawy, which Milan may find more appealing and that would suit the Etihad club down to the ground.
Would you swap Tevez for El Shaarawy? Do you want to see them both at City next season?
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