Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Carlos Tevez: Manchester United Move (Almost) Sealed

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Sir Alex Ferguson and his Manchester United team could well have done without the farcical sequence of events that have transpired since United showed interest in West Ham's Carlos Tevez. Now been learned that Tevez was never West Ham's asset, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter by the day.

Manchester United's own website, via The Daily Express, reported the final details of Tevez's transfer five days ago. It seems the BBC, that fine British institution that upholds the sanctity of fact over sensationalism, has finally been able to confirm the details of Tevez's move to Old Trafford.

There's no point regurgitating the financial details of the transfer, you can read those yourself, but it got me thinking about where the future of player ownership is heading.

Admittedly, footballers are not the sharpest tools in the shed, but with some proper advice and guidance a player in the future could well set up a family trust that "owns" him and receives the majority of the transfer fee when the player changes clubs. Just like West Ham, in Tevez's case, the old club will get some semblance of compensation for training the player and aiding his professional development to the then present stage, but the majority of the transfer fee would remain with the family trust or other equivalent legal entity.

For all those budding sports agents out there, anyone got a clue about how this may work? Drop us a line or leave a comment. In the meanwhile, here's to hoping a fit and in form Carlos Tevez lights up Old Trafford and every other stadium that he and his Manchester United team mates set foot on, for many years to come.

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