Argetinean forward Carlos Tevez is among the many international soccer personalities enticed to head to China. (Photo : Getty Images)
Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, now back for Primera División champions Club Atletico Boca Juniors, has reportedly turned down a massive $40 million offer from Chinese Super League squad Shanghai SIPG FC last summer for a chance to return and play in his home country.
The 32-year-old forward, who had also played for English Premier League squads West Ham United, Manchester United, and Manchester City from 2006 to 2013, "was wanted by Shanghai SIPG last summer when he was at Juventus", but he chose to come back home to the Argentina top flight with his original senior career team Boca Juniors instead, as per Caught Offside.
Tevez had always been vocal about his intention to play for his boyhood club once more as his professional career winds down, which explains his decision to pass up the chance to have an enormous pay day in Asia.
However, recent rumors are out that the CSL giants are going after him again this summer and are said to be preparing another huge but lesser bid of $25 million in the summer transfer window, as reported by Goal.
With the speculated upcoming proposal, the Buenos Aires, Argentina native will once again be forced to consider an opportunity to add a huge sum for his retirement savings or to remain with the club of his youth and early senior career.
Tevez debuted in the senior ranks in October 2001 for the Azul y Oro when he was only 17 years old. He stayed with the squad until January 2005 when he was signed by Brazilian Serie A giant Sport Club Corinthians Paulista for a transfer fee of $16 million, one of the richest at that time for an under-22 player.
He spent two productive seasons with Corinthians in 2005 and 2006, scoring 46 goals in 76 appearances for Tatuapé, São Paulo residents.
Tevez began his EPL career in September 2006 when West Ham signed him for an undisclosed fee, amidst his hesitation to move to England. He only spent a season with and 29 games with the Hammers before he was transferred to the Red Devils in August 2007, where he played alongside world football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
He was then transferred again to City in July 2009, spending four seasons there prior to joining Juve in June 2013.