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SEOUL - Carlos Tevez is to plead with Fifa to be allowed to join Manchester United after seeing his 30 million pound (about R420 million) move tied up in red tape that could wreck his hopes of starting the season at Old Trafford.
Tevez, who flew into Manchester to undergo a medical on Tuesday only for West Ham to block permission, continues to be the subject of a tug-of-war between West Ham and Media Sports Investments, which holds his economic rights.
While West Ham own the Argentina forward's registration, the issue of who stands to receive a transfer fee from United remains unresolved.
With the Premier League campaign due to begin on August 11, both West Ham and Tevez are now set to take the matter to Fifa.
And United chief executive David Gill admits that the Premiership champions are confident that Tevez will ultimately be allowed to join the club before the transfer window closes on August 31.
"The situation regarding Carlos Tevez, following a lot of discussions at the Premier League over the last few days between West Ham, the Premier League and our club solicitor, Maurice Watkins, is that the player and West Ham will take the matter to the Fifa Disputes Resolution Chamber and we are hoping that it will be done on an expedited basis," said Gill.
"We are confident that the issue will be resolved in favour of the player and for him to achieve his and our wish to join Manchester United.
"Based on what we have seen and the discussions we have had, we are very confident it will go in Carlos Tevez's favour and that he will be part of Sir Alex Ferguson's squad next season," added Gill, who is in Seoul.
"I'm not certain on the timescale of all this, but I have spoken to Maurice Watkins and he tells us that it can two weeks to arrange for the body to form and be arranged and papers on the case to be pulled together."
With Tevez currently in Manchester awaiting the medical that has now been postponed, Gill admits that the player is likely to fly out of England once again to enjoy a break.
"Carlos has not undergone a medical and he will probably now take a well-earned break with his family because the plan had always been for him to join the squad after we had returned from Asia." - Sapa-AFP