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21 Jul 2011

Manchester City are hoping to finalise the signing of Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero despite the collapse of Carlos Tevez's move to Corinthians.

City boss Roberto Mancini has decided to press on with a deal for Aguero even without finance from the sale of Tevez.

The two sides are moving towards agreement on the £39m buy-out clause in the 23-year-old's contract.

BBC Sport understands no deal has been struck yet but negotiations are progressing smoothly.

The arrival of Aguero is not tied in with Tevez's future at City, who is now waiting to discover what his next move will be.

Corinthians pulled out of their move to take Tevez back to Brazil, and be reunited with his family in South America, after initially agreeing a £38.6m - 40m euros plus 4m euros in add-ons - transfer with City.

City were happy to accept payment in instalments as part of the Tevez deal, but were insisting on the customary bank guarantees associated with a deal of such magnitude and Corinthians were unable or willing to meet the demand.

Tevez's desire to leave City remains as strong as ever, but he may face an added complication as City are unlikely to accept a similar fee if it is offered by any of the top European clubs who make a move to sign the 27-year-old Argentine.

City were prepared to compromise on a fee with Corinthians as Tevez was returning to South America and it also helped to solve the problem of the separation from his children that he insists is the cause of his discontent.

Inter Milan have been linked with Tevez, although they maintain they cannot afford the financial package it would take to secure his signature, and if they did move it is likely City would demand much closer to their original asking price of £50m.

City will not consider any loan deals for Tevez, despite the fact that the striker who captained them to the FA Cup and a place in the Champions League is intent on quitting the Premier League.

Tevez is currently on an agreed break after playing for Argentina in the Copa America - and City will expect him to report for training as normal with his colleagues if he is not sold by the time he is scheduled to return.

In the meantime, City have switched from their original plan to wait until Tevez was sold before signing Aguero, with Mancini believing he now needs to strengthen his striking resources irrespective of whether he is sold or not.


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