Prodigal sons returning home are a feature of just about every Argentine transfer window, but the return of Carlos Tevez to Boca Juniors last week has been the cause of more headlines than most. Announced by Boca hours before Tevez's spot kick sent Argentina through to the Copa America semifinals after a shootout with Colombia, the move brings an end to Tevez's European career (for now, at least) and signals the only Boca foray into the transfer market that anyone really cares about.
The move itself...
Boca Juniors have officially announced the signing of Argentina international Carlos Tevez.
Boca announced the deal during Argentina's Copa America quarterfinal penalty shootout victory against Colombia, in which Tevez scored the winning spot kick.
Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid had also been rumoured to be interested in acquiring Tevez's services but Boca have won the race for his signature.
The return of Carlos Tevez to Boca Juniors won't cost the Argentine club "not even one euro" because the club is covering his remaining value with a percentage of young players, Boca president Daniel Angelici told ESPNFC Radio.
Angelici, who said that Tevez will be presented at his boyhood club either July 6 or 7, assured that Boca won't pay anything for Tevez.
"I said from the beginning that I wouldn't discuss the transfer until it was done and the very next day what I read in the media was that...
Boca Juniors are hopeful that they will be able to present Carlos Tevez to the club's fans on July 7.
Tevez, who began his professional career at Boca, had been expected to return to the Argentine club when his current contract at Juventus expires next year, but they have been negotiating a transfer fee with the Italian champions this week.
Boca said at the weekend that they were confident a deal would be agreed and general secretary Cesar Martucci has now indicated that it is in place.