Real Madrid interested in Carlos Tevez

Sports daily Marca is reporting Real Madrid may try to sign Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez if they fail to lure Ruud van Nistelrooy back to the club.

Tevez made a shock transfer request last month, blaming bad relations with Manchester City management, but withdrew the demand later in the month after clear-the-air talks with the Barclays Premier League club.

Real Madrid had already contacted City, Marca said.

There were two big hurdles, the paper said…firstly, that City would insist on a transfer rather than a loan, and secondly that a transfer would cost $A53.46 million and the Argentine’s annual salary was $10.69m.

Hamburg has rebuffed Real Madrid’s efforts to bring over 34-year-old Van Nistelrooy, saying he will not be allowed to leave and must complete his contract.

Real Madrid are trying to fill the gap left by Gonzalo Higuain, who could be out of action for another four months following surgery on January 12 for a slipped disc and may not return to full fitness for a year.

Real are four points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after a shock 1-1 draw at bottom side Almeria over the weekend.

by Buford Balony

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