Clearly there is no definitive answer on the whole Tevez saga at this point, and in a few weeks we could easily have another statement claiming he wants to say. Rather than go on about the impact and effect on the team of his possible departure, i've been thinking about who would be a good replacement?
Below are my thoughts on some of the ideas i've read, i've also given each a nifty rating out of 10, now clearly there will be players that I have omitted and maybe you don't agree with my thoughts, but isn't that what's great about football? So lets get into it:
One possible solution is a short term fix, someone that can come in and take the strain for a season while the rest of our forward line continue to find their feet. Drogba may be getting on a bit, but he is a proven goal scorer in the top flight, with the ongoing rejuvenation of Chelsea they would probably be prepared to sell and he may fancy one final big pay day. He may be an entirely different player to Tevez, but I think he would score goals, and as a quick short term solution I am unsure there are many better options. Having said that if we are spending money it would be better to look to the future and this goes against the Ivorian. The other problem is that he is remarkably similar to what we already have, and for many that would make him a less attractive proposition.
7/10 - Could do a job in the short term, but isn't overly inspiring.
8/10 - There are some questions over his ability to score in England, however with Madrid's interest in Tevez we could get both the player and money if we deal with Jose Mourinho.
9/10 - As with Benzema, I think there is definitely a deal to be done here, and a money plus Higuain offer isn't necessarily out of the question.
6/10 - We previously tried a deal involving Tevez and Eto'o and it didn't come off, and to be honest I am glad, he may be younger than Drogba but his lack of knowledge of the English league makes him less attractive.
10/10 - For me he is far and away the best option to replace Tevez, he is a different type of player to Dzeko and Balotelli
Best of the rest:
Edinson Cavani - 6/10 - Never been overly impressed when i've seen him, expensive, and not sure about the Serie A to Premier League jump.
David Villa - 9/10 - Age is the only thing that puts me off in all honesty, good goal scoring, and good team player, expensive and not many years left on the clock however.
Hulk - 8/10 - I really like Hulk, but others don't, sometimes people suggest his footballing brain isn't good enough, physically great though.
Giuseppe Rossi - 7/10 - Unfortunate United links, good player and useful age, but never really been consistent enough for me.
Ezequiel Lavezzi - 7/10 - Looks decent, but doesn't score enough for me and would be very expensive.
Neymar - 2/10 - Just no...
If you made it to the end of this ramble, well done. I am sure the majority of you may not agree with scores, or maybe even my first choice. I stand by my thoughts though, I think if we end the month with Aguero (and maybe Nasri) and without Carlos Tevez I would be reasonably content.