The £50m bracket


All it takes is one transfer for the rest of the world to go mad. One deal to which every player in the world must be compared to. I’ll admit, £50m is a lot of money for a misfiring striker, but the old chestnut of form being temporary and class being permanent still promises that Fernando Torres will eventually come good.

It has recently (finally) come out that Carlos Tevez is no longer happy in Manchester, and wants to leave Eastlands so he can be closer to his family. In today’s age of player power, it would have been foolish for Man City to fight against the forwards wishes, so all they could do was slap a price tag on his head and hope someone would meet the valuation.

The price tag? Surprise, surprise was £50m. “If Torres is worth it, then so is Tevez.” Lets just stick with it for a moment. Based on form of the player at the time of the valuation/transfer, if Torres is worth £50m then surely Tevez’s valuation should be closer to £70m? Based on the abilities of both players, then maybe yes, £50m is a fair price.

Rubbish. The fact is, every transfer in football is different, and to value one player based on the valuation of another player is nonsense. It’s all down to demand and which club are the more needy in the situation. In January, Liverpool didn’t have to sell, it was Chelsea who desperately wanted to buy, so Liverpool could afford to hold out for the price that they wanted. As for the situation with Tevez, Man City need to sell or risk paying the wages of a player who has no desire to turn out in the club shirt. So whereas Chelsea were the ones in demand with Torres, Man City are the ones who are in demand now. And for that reason, they can’t afford to hang around for the right offer (not that money is all that important to a club with unlimited resources) and will be forced to sell to the highest bidder. £30m would be a little closer to realism, in my opinion anyway.

The first – and only it seems – club to come in with an offer was Brazilian side Corinthians, who obviously shared the same belief as me when they made an initial £35m bid. Sure enough, this initial approach was knocked back by City as they held out for a bid closer to their asking price. The player himself must have been praying to the gods that the Sao Paulo club would match his current employers‘ demands. Wanting to move closer to his family, a move to anywhere in South America would be ideal for the Buenos Aires born striker.

Corinthians did come back with an improved offer, although not quite as much as Man City would have hoped. Nonetheless, the new offer of £40m was accepted and all that’s left now is for Tevez and Corinthians to reach an agreement on personal terms, according to City manager Roberto Mancini. It is not however, the same story in Sao Paulo. Upon awakening to the news in England that a deal had been agreed between the two clubs, Corinthians’ president Andres Sanchez released a statement claiming that a price had not been agreed, and that in fact Manchester City had responded to Corinthians’ offer with a “counter-proposal,” which the club needed to review before responding.

And so the saga continues. Can a deal be agreed and sealed before the Brazilian transfer window closes on Wednesday? Tick tock…

By Paul Price – Coventry City fan – @Technical_area

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