Chelsea could be set to beat Manchester City to the signature of Carlos Tevez after Roman Abramovich gave the green light to break the bank and sign the Argentina striker.
Manchester United released a statement over the weekend confirming that Tevez will leave Old Trafford this summer despite being offeresd a lucrative 5-year contract and it now looks as if City and Chelsea will be left to slug it out for the 25-year-old.
The Guardian claims that City are still odds on favourites to capture Tevez's signature in a deal said to be worth £150,000 per week, but after missing out on a both Glen Johnson and Franck Ribery, Chelsea are determined to highlight that they can still attract big name players and Tevez would fit the bill perfectly.
Kia Joorabchian, the head of the consortium that owns Tevez's economic rights spoke about the player's decision to reject United's offer: "I think Carlos is a little bit sad," he said. "He's enjoyed two great years at the club. They've won two Premier League titles, one Champions League title, one Carling Cup in his time but they didn't really give him any offers."
"Over the duration of two years there was a lot of talk about signing him but we never actually got to the point of actually receiving any offers for him."
Joorabchian continued: "If it was, let's say, Wayne Rooney's contract finishing six months before, or Cristiano Ronaldo's contract finishing six months before, would they have tried to secure their services a bit sooner? He has that little bit of a feeling that maybe he wasn't the most wanted person at United. Rightly or wrongly, that's how he feels."