The pre-season schedule is well underway and Manchester City are strong favourites for their game against Club America this weekend as they prepare for a big year in their history.
City will be competing in the Champions League for the first ever time and will also be hoping to challenge for domestic honours as they seek to wrestle the Premier League title from their Manchester rivals United.
But their summer has been overshadowed by fresh revelations their captain and star Carlos Tevez could be set to leave the club in the coming weeks.
Tevez has revealed he wants to move to be closer to his family, who are based in his homeland Argentina, although City are expected to fight hard to keep him.
They are reported to have placed a £50 million fee on his head which few clubs in world football are likely to be able to meet, while Tevez’s wages could also be a problem.
Corinthians have signalled their intent to sign the striker with a £30 million offer, but this was swiftly rebuffed by Etihad Stadium chiefs.
Tevez will not be on duty for City for their match with Club America as he is in Argentina playing for his country at the Copa America.
Despite the absence of their talismanic leader, City are strong favourites to triumph in the match, with odds available on the Manchester side of 57/100 ahead of the game.
This means those who chose to stake £20 at bwin.com will be in line for a win of more than £30 if the British team wins.
Newspaper reports have claimed that if Tevez does get his way and secures a move away from City before the start of the Premier League season, Roberto Mancini has targeted his countryman Sergio Aguero – who plays for Atletico Madrid but has said he is ready to leave – as a replacement.
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