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Tevez could sign for free
United could try to sign Carlos Tevez on a Bosman-style free transfer. SunSport understands the Red Devils are exploring whether there are legal loopholes in the striker’s contract. In particular, the third party ownership agreement which ties Tevez with the investment company MSI is under scrutiny. Leading sports lawyers are looking at whether the ownership of Tevez’s registration by MSI could be challenged under the same terms as Jean Marc Bosman took on the old transfer system. His advisor Kia Joorabchian said once again yesterday that no deal is close with United and that Tevez is willing to sign for one of their Premier League rivals. “What he wants to do is to go to a club which has real ambition, a real focus, to be champions of England, champions of Europe, champions of everywhere. Obviously, leaving United he would have to go to a rival in order to achieve that target. But he understands it’s not in his control.”
Ian McGarry, The Sun
Other quotes from Joorabchian indicated the striker would be willing to switch to Manchester City - who have made preliminary inquiries - although no decision would be made until the end of the season. Former United captain Steve Bruce, who has been tipped by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan to take over frrom Sir Alex, has warned Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo that they will be making a huge mistake if they leave Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand has hailed Sir Alex, insisting he never lost faith in the United manager's ability to create another great team. “You just have to trust the manager," he said. "He has been so successful, so not to have done that would have been crazy. The players stood by everything he has done.”
The Guardian reckons United are on the verge of signing Brazilian teenager Dodo in a £5million deal.