Tevez to join Man City next week

LONDON: The former Manchester United favourite is all set to join the City revolution and end weeks of speculation since Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson refused to sign the Argentina international on a permanent basis.

City, who leave for a pre-season tour of South Africa on Wednesday, are now in the process of paying Tevez's owner, Kia Joorabchain, the £26.5million they need to secure the 25-year-old's services, a move that would finally bury the third-party ownership row that has dogged Tevez since his arrival in England.

News of Tevez's imminent deal comes hot on the heels of City's decision to call a halt to their attempts to sign Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o.

With his path to City almost clear of obstacles, Tevez believes he will not be considered a traitor by the United faithful - despite the intense rivalry that exists between United and City,

"If I play for Manchester City I don't think the United fans will feel I am a traitor," he told The People.

"They have to remember that at least as far as I know I have been thrown out of the club and I have to study the best offers available."

Tevez will become City's third high profile signing this summer following the arrival of Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn Rovers and Gareth Barry from Aston Villa.