The Tevez transfer-saga will have greater ramifications on the status of the calcio landscape than is immediately apparent to the casual eye.

Back and forth, the rumors sparked by quotes from sources flowed. “He’s only wants to join us.” “No, he’s joining us, we’re paying more.”

It’s probably been one of World Football’s worst kept secrets: the two great rivals of their city, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale, are set to go head to head in a winter transfer season derby of Milan to sign one of modern football’s best, yet frustratingly enigmatic, strikers; Carlos Tevez.

His breakdown in relationship with Manchester City and Roberto Mancini, as well as other coaches such as Alex Ferguson, has been equally well chronicled. Apparently lacking discipline amid frequent reports of homesickness, that neither stopped him from initially earning the captaincy of Manchester City nor terrorizing the defences of the Premier League. Producing moments of flair in abundance, both Manchester clubs turned to him as a source of great inspiration while he was on the books of either club.

Now frozen out of the squad at Manchester City and stripped of the captaincy for unprofessionalism, Tevez represents a moment of opportunity for both Milan clubs, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, to rejuvenate their striking options and add a touch of class to aid their bids for their respective league and continental quests. With a reported asking price in excess of 25 million euros though, it will not merely be a technical decision to fight for his signature, but an economical one too.

What would the theorized signing of Tevez do for either club? Milan have largely managed to keep several potential trouble makers within their squad in check, with Robinho, Cassano and Ibrahimovic seemingly absolutely focussed on their football for once. Tevez would also offer an alternative to the Ibrahimovic-Pato strike partnership, something which has frustratingly failed to click till now, in a bid for consecutivescudetto wins and a shot at the Champions League title.

Inter on the other hand.... Continued at Milan Derby of No Possible Victory