Date: 26th July 2008 at 7:39pm
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United will sign Carlos Tevez on a permanent deal worth Ł32million which is, quite frankly, an enormous amount.

What is certain that United and MSI have reached an agreement: David Gill has confirmed it on the official website.

‘We have spoken to Carlos and see him as part of our long-term squad,’ revealed Gill.

‘We have been pleased with his first season. He is a good age – a great player and well liked within the team.

‘We know what we have to do and what we have to pay. The only issue is that we would have to sort out a long-term contract for him.

‘But it’s not a problem – we can do it in September, October, November or December. Sir Alex has explained it to him and he is very comfortable with it.’


It’s all good and I agree with it. However, Ł32m for any player is massive – it would be a British transfer record and if reports are true, we had to pay last year for taking him on loan as well.

Of course the Glazers are free to decide how much money to spend but I was under the impression that we would like to sign another striker, presumably Berbatov who would cost around Ł25million. Now, the combined cost would be Ł57m and I find it difficult to believe that without major sales we can finance such spending. So those vows of keeping Ronaldo sound a bit hollow now…

But we’ll see, of course. Tevez, with his 19 goals and a lot of them very important ones, is an important player – and it is imagineable that we would spend Ł57m without selling anyone – or at least anyone apart from Pique who’s already gone and Saha who is bound to depart.