Former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has completed his big money move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.
Shanghai Shenhua confirmed their new acquisition from Boca Juniors on Thursday referring to him as “the most outstanding striker in Argentina’s history”. The club, however, failed to reveal how much they paid or specific details of the contract.
Reports, however, suggest that Shanghai Shenhua paid £71.6 million for Carlos Tevez, who returned to Argentina last year after very successful spells in England and Italy.
”The club looks forward to Tevez helping Greenland Shenhua attack cities and strike stockades in Asian and domestic matches and contribute to more exciting games for fans,” the club statement said.
The rumored hefty price tag would make Carlos Tevez the sixth most expensive player in the world, behind Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Neymar.
The former Juventus striker will also be the world’s highest earning footballer with earnings around £615,000 per week for two years.
Carlos Tevez’s transfer is the second big money switch by a South American to China in less than a week. Brazilian midfielder Oscar joined Shanghai Shenhua’s local rivals Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea in a deal believed to be worth £52 million.
Boca thanked Carlos Tevez, who was on his second spell with the club. He scored 25 goals in 56 matches, including a double in a 4-2 Clasico victory over their bitter rivals River Plate earlier this month.
In the statement, Boca wished the 32-year-old luck while promising to bring him back.
”We’ll work on bringing you back,” it read. ”No effort is too great to have you wearing our shirt again.”