Manchester City may have paid £47 million for Carlos Tevez, according to an extraordinary report in The Times today. The figure is comprised of a £15 million down payment followed by two further £16 million payments and a bonus of £3.5 million if City win the Champions League while Tevez is at the club. If true, the astronomical fee, which is almost double the £25.5 million widely quoted in the press, would make Tevez the fifth most expensive player in history, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká, Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Zinedine Zidane.
Tevez was ‘transferred’ to City from third party investment group MSI.
While there is little chance of City having to pay the final bonus payment, the report demonstrates the extraordinary – and ridiculous – lengths that City’s new billionaire owners are prepared to go to in order to build a team at Eastlands.
In addition to Tevez, the Abu Dhabi group has shelled out close to £200 million over the past year on Robinho (£34 million), Emmanuel Adebayor (£25 million), Jolean Lescot (£24 million), Roque Santa Cruz (£17 million), Kolo Touré (£15 million), Wayne Bridge (£12 million), Gareth Barry (£12 million) and Shay Given (£8 million).
They say a fool and his money are easily parted. £47 million for Tevez takes that saying to a whole new level.