Carlos Tevez's advisor Kia Joorabchian claims a deal to take the Manchester City captain back to Corinthians is ‘close’ and that the player is helping drive the deal.
The Brazilian club have tabled a £35 million offer after being alerted by Tevez's admission earlier this month that he wished to leave City for the sake of his family.
A move to a club in Europe had appeared the Argentina international's most likely route out of Manchester until it was confirmed last night that Corinthians were attempting to resign a player who played for them between January 2005 and August 2006.
‘Corinthians made the offer, now it depends only on Manchester City. City have to make a decision,’ Joorabchian said.
‘Everybody is working to make this happen, me, Corinthians, Tevez and Adrian Ruocco (another of Tevez's representatives).
‘It is impossible to determine the situation, but I think it's close.’
According to Joorabchian, Tevez has set his heart on a return to the club he left to join West Ham five years ago - the start of a turbulent spell in England which has also involved two seasons at both Manchester United and City.
‘His dream and mine is to see him back with Corinthians,’ Joorabchian said. ‘He said he has a job that does not end there. He wants to return because he has the dream of winning the Copa Libertadores.’
It is thought the massive transfer fee would be funded through sponsorship and money from TV rights.
City are believed to value Tevez at around £50million, and with potential suitors in Spain and Italy apparently showing little sign they are willing to spend that much, it was starting to look like the forward might be at the renamed Etihad Stadium next season after all.
But Joorabchian insists European sides are also interested in the 27-year-old, who has scored 53 goals in 86 appearances for City since joining them in 2009 and skippered the Blues to FA Cup glory and Champions League qualification last season.
‘The priority is Corinthians, but we have other options,’ Joorabchian said.
‘Carlos was the best player in the Premier League (last season), he was the scorer of the team for two consecutive years, he won the FA Cup.
‘He has much appeal in the European market. He is no longer a boy, today he is a great player.’
A deal with Corinthians would seem an attractive prospect for City given it would mean Tevez signing for a team who are not their rivals in any competition.
The same would apply to Argentine outfit Boca Juniors - Tevez's first club - who Joorabchian says the player would also be open to rejoining.
‘Carlos will not play for any other Brazilian club than Corinthians, that is an absolute certainty,’ Joorabchian said.
‘Boca Juniors and Corinthians are in his heart. He would only play for these two clubs if he when back to Brazil and Argentina.’