After at least a year of constant press rumours regarding Carlos Tevez’s return to Boca Juniors resulted in the 31-year-old departing Turin with a year left on his deal, it was to be expected that El Apache would play out his career where it all began and all possible transfer speculation would be ended. However, reports in Italy have ensured that Tevez remains in the headlines and it is speculated that with Boca Juniors failing to pay the Argentina international’s salary for three months he may make a shock return to Serie A.
Several media sources in Italy, including newspaper La Rupubblica, have made the claim and draw the conclusion that Carlos Tevez could return to Europe just months after forcing through a transfer to his boyhood club from Juventus. In the aftermath of a near-perfect season with the Bianconeri, in which only the might of Barcelona could prevent a historic treble in the Champions League final, the ‘jugador del Pueblo’ opted the time was right to make good on his promise and return to Boca Juniors. Matters on the pitch have been a success, with Tevez instrumental in Boca closing in on a league title and still in with a shout of the Copa Argentina.
It is off the pitch, with the administrative side of the deal, where the issue appears to lie. According to these reports, Boca have failed to pay Tevez in three months, casting doubt on his future at the club.
The return to Boca was a romantic, sentimental move for Tevez, who could still have played at any top club in Europe and demanded a salary to match but not getting paid whatsoever for his time back in La Bombonera could test even his loyalty. The Argentine Primera title looks now like it is Boca’s to lose after opening up a six point lead with just three matches remaining but surely it is simply the stuff of wild speculation to suggest that after less than six months Tevez could depart for the second time.
Juventus have struggled at the beginning of this Serie A season in the absence of Tevez and one of his potential summer replacements, Paulo Dybala spoke recently of how much his Argentina international teammate is missed in the squad. Certain parties at the club would welcome Tevez back but it is reported that this is not unanimous given the nature of his premature departure.
If Tevez were available in January there would be no shortage of interested clubs, regardless of Juventus’ feelings. The striker is currently with the Argentina squad ahead of the World Cup qualifiers this week but we may hear more in this story in the coming weeks.