Arsenal turned down chance to sign Carlos Tevez before Manchester United secured transfer

Carlos Tevez in action for Boca Juniors
Tevez has enjoyed an excellent career (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal rejected an offer to sign Carlos Tevez on loan in 2006 due to concerns over the player’s registrations.

Former Arsenal transfer chief Dick Law claims the Gunners were offered the double loan signing of Tevez and Javier Mascherano by agent Kia Joorabchian.

The Athletic claim Arsenal were quoted £3million in total for the pair, who would both go on to become massive stars.

Tevez would play at Manchester United and City, while Mascherano would make his name at Liverpool before a trophy-laden career at Barcelona.

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But Law revealed Arsenal had major reservations about the legitimacy of the deal and who would receive the fees for the loans.

As a result, Arsenal turned down the chance to sign the Argentinian duo, who would eventually end up in the Premier League with West Ham before earning moves to bigger clubs.

However, the ill-fated loan deals would cost West Ham £25m in fines and settlements, with Arsenal’s concerns proving spot on.

LONDON, United Kingdom: Argentinian footballer's Carlos Tevez (L) and Javier Mascherano pose with their new West Ham United Club shirts at a photocall at Upton Park, in east London, 05 September 2006. Striker Tevez and midfielder Mascherano, both aged 22, featured for Argentina at the World Cup finals and their move to Upton Park came on the final day of the transfer window. AFP PHOTO / SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP via Getty Images)
West Ham would take the loan deal for Tevez and Mascherano (Picture: Getty)

Tevez is not the only big-name player Arsenal missed out on, with the Gunners failing in bids to sign Jamie Vardy and Juan Mata.

Arsenal were in pole position to secure the signature of Mata in 2011 before stalling, allowing Chelsea to swoop.

More recently, Vardy was on the verge of moving to Arsenal before performing a U-turn in a sit-down with Arsene Wenger.

With Arsenal’s past transfer struggles being laid bare, fans are eager to see how the next window unfolds.

It is unclear when the summer transfer window might open after the coronavirus pandemic forced football to go into shutdown.

Arsenal chiefs are also concerned about how the ongoing health crisis will financially affect the club, which could see Mikel Arteta’s transfer budget slashed.

Arteta has already decided on the three positions he wants to strengthen next, asking the Arsenal board to secure him a centre-back, a holding midfielder and an attacker in the next window.

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