Corinthians pull the plug on £40m Carlos Tevez deal with City
City thought a deal had been agreed for their skipper to get his wish and leave the club, allowing him to go back to South America and be closer to his wife Vanesa and two young daughters.
Manager Roberto Mancini thought Tevez was on his way, with the majority of the striker's team-mates of the same opinion. However, with the Brazilian transfer window looming, Corinthians dropped a bombshell on their official website.
"The board of Sporting Club Corinthians hereby officially announce the impossibility of hiring the Argentine striker Carlos Tevez," said the statement.
"While acknowledging the efforts of Manchester City and all involved in the negotiation, more time is needed for the transfer to be achieved, given that the window to sign players from abroad closes on Wednesday, July 20.
"We are aware of the dream our fans had of having this player at Corinthians again and we look forward to him being with us in the near future."
That indicates Corinthians will try to put a deal in place during the January transfer window, even though Tevez had wanted to have left the Blues by then.
It leaves Tevez, back home after Argentina's untimely Copa America exit, to contemplate his fate, knowing City are keen to lure fellow countryman Sergio Aguero to the club and provide even more competition for places.