Manchester United are facing the real prospect of losing Carlos Tevez in this transfer window.

The club have still not made his loan deal permanent despite assurances in the summer it would be completed. Now Real Madrid are ready to make their move for the Argentine, 24. Agent Kia Joorabchian, who owns the rights to the striker, will be prepared to do business with Inter Milan also interested.

United have Tevez on a two-year loan with a verbal agreement for a £32million transfer. But United are not sure he is worth that in a deflated market and Joorabchian fears United will pull out in the summer.

As it is, Tevez is unhappy at having to play second fiddle to Dimitar Berbatov.

MEANWHILE, Didier Drogba has been hit with a £100,000 fine by Chelsea for criticising the club in SunSport.

The whining Ivory Coast striker has angered team-mates and Blues officials by claiming he did not get the support he deserves. Now he has been docked a week’s wages after the club ran out of patience with his constant moans.

Drogba claimed the club failed to support him when his grandmother died this year. He also confessed he did not exactly rush back from his knee injury and criticised manager Phil Scolari’s team selection.

His comments have infuriated Scolari and chief executive Peter Kenyon, particularly as the club laid on a private jet so he could return to Africa to be with his grandmother.

Drogba, 30, was yesterday ordered to explain his outburst and told he would lose a week’s wages under an internal disciplinary procedure. And that could spell the end of his 4½-year stay at The Bridge.


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