Manchester City did everything they could to get their £40 million sale of Carlos Tevez over the line with Corinthians.

The Sunday Mirror says Corinthians agreed to pay City £40m in four ­instalments, with an extra £4m depending on how successful the Sao Paulo-based club are over the next three seasons.

Even when Corinthians admitted they would be unable to make a downpayment until cash ­arrives from a new television deal early next year, it wasn't a deal breaker.

Instead, City agreed to accept £5m for Tevez on February 28, 2012, £5m more in May, with Corinthians having to find £10m in Feb 2013, £15m in May 2013 and a final £5m in Feb 2014 - only for the Brazilian club to break off negotiations just before their transfer deadline.

Crucially, the agreement included a clause stating to Tevez and his advisers that the financial terms of the deal were only ­applicable if the player moved to South America.

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