`Red Devil' Tevez?

TEVEZ, who was labelled the `new Diego Maradona' while playing for Boca Juniors as a teenager, would offer a mouthwateringattacking option along side United starlets Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.-AP

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is READY TO SWOOP on the precocious 22-year-old Argentinian striker in place of Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Argentinian World Cup ace Carlos Tevez has emerged as a leading candidate to fill Ruud van Nistelrooy's boots at Manchester United after making it clear he wants a move. With prolific Dutchman Van Nistelrooy completing his switch to Real Madrid, Sir Alex Ferguson has turned his attentions to bolstering his attacking options ahead of the new Barclays English Premier League season, and he is said to have been alerted by reports that all is not well at Tevez's current club, Corinthians.

The precocious 22-year-old has dropped a heavy hint he is ready to walk out on the Brazilian club after a very public falling out with fans during the recent 2-2 draw with Fortaleza. After scoring the equaliser late in the game, Tevez gesticulated angrily at sections of the crowd who had been targeting him with a chorus of boos. He later told Brazilian media: "It is difficult to stay at Corinthians. Things which the Corinthians supporters did are not easy to forget. Florencia (Tevez's daughter) is very scared and so is my wife."

A player labelled the `new Diego Maradona' while playing for Boca Juniors as a teenager would offer a mouth-watering attacking option alongside United starlets Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ferguson will be prepared to spend big to land another of world football's hottest properties after failing in his attempts to lure Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres to Old Trafford. But he will face stiff competition from Barcelona and Sevilla to land Tevez, with the language factor favouring the Spanish sides. That said, Tevez is a known United fan and was fined by his club last year after turning up at a press conference in a United shirt.

Sevilla club president Jose Maria Del Nido has publicly stated his desire to sign Tevez but could be priced out of the market, while the Catalonian giants would love to pair Tevez with his dazzling compatriot Lionel Messi. Any move from Barcelona for Tevez would signal another Argentinian, Javier Saviola, finally making a permanent move away from the Nou Camp. Sevilla have the edge in any race to sign the 25-year-old having taken him on loan last season, but Newcastle can be expected to show an interest if and when he becomes available.

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Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovich will be the next big name to walk out on Juventus after telling the club he has no intention of playing in Serie `B' next season. Inter are favourites to bag the GBP14million-rated striker as they continue to struggle in their attempts to lure Luca Toni from Fiorentina.

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Italian World Cup winner Mauro Camoranesi is another Juventus star starting to make dissatisfied noises about his future at the club. The hardy winger is admired by many of the continent's top clubs but it seems French champions Lyon are currently leading the race to try and sign him.

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