The seemingly not ending power game between West Ham and Kia Joorabchian, who claims still to own the economical rights for Carlos Tevez, could in worst of cases turn out bitter for Manchester United.
What if the whole saga pushed Carlos (and Kia) away from the Premier League?
Manchester United and Carlos Tevez have agreed terms on a £35m move to Old Trafford, but rumors so far only mentioned a 2 year loan with option to finalize the transfer after that period. £20m Is rumoured to be what Manchester United will have to pay for those 2 years on loan, with another £10m (£15m?) to completely own the rights of Carlos Tevez after that period. Nothing more than a loan deal during the first 2 years.
A loan deal, but with whom?
What if the never-ending Kia-West Ham story turns out into the player’s agent favour? Would that also rule out that Tevez could play for Manchester United on a loan base (rule U18)? Or would it mean that ManU will have to splash out the full £30m/£35m to obtain a registration for Tevez?
If Kia Joorabchian still the official rights holder of Carlos Tevez is, a loan deal seems to be in breach with rule U18, which already cost West Ham a £5.5m fine in April.
In that case the only possibility to see Tevez as Red Devil would be a permanent transfer. Buy the rights and we’ll have to pay the full fee to Kia, before a registration for Tevez can be obtained.
I think this could become a problem. Is ManU really ready to make Carlos Tevez the most expensive player in its history so far?
Admitted, Tevez is a very skilled player, who has shown a great responsibility in West Ham’s game play and almost single handed saved the Upton Park team from relegation. Tevez also adapted rather quickly to the Prem, especially.
But £35m IS a huge lump of money. Is Tevez really worth that amount of money, or would this record breaking transfer be bound to deceive? Is it a coincidence that Tevez endorses the number 11 for Argentina, a number formerly worn by his Argentinian (non) striking predecessor at Old Trafford, Juan Sebastian Veron?
Or will Kia and Carlos seek other pastures, greener pastures, abroad? Could a fight in court scare off a 23 year talent? Do other European leagues allow corporations to own the rights on a player?
Update: According to The Daily Express West Ham and Joorabchian are trying to find a compromise and a deal is imminent.