Last updated : 13 July 2007 By editor

Both items from the Times:

Tévez's agent issued with an arrest warrant, and low, low and behold there is a Russian oligarch involved!

'The Carlos Tévez affair took another twist last night when an arrest order was issued for the businessman in charge of the West Ham United striker's affairs just hours before it was announced that he was close to joining Manchester United.

'A federal judge in Brazil charged Kia Joorabchian with money laundering and being part of a criminal gang for his role in the partnership between Media Sports Investments, the London-based sports management company that claims to own the economic rights to Tévez, and Corinthians, the Brazilian football club.

'Judge Fausto Martin de Sanctis also ordered the detention of Boris Berezovsky, the London-based Russian oligarch who allegedly bankrolled MSI, Alberto Dualib, the Corinthians president, and several other club officials on similar charges.

'Until he turned his attentions to the UK after Tévez's move from Corinthians to West Ham last summer, Joorabchian was the public face of MSI in Brazil. In 2004 the company he founded signed a ten-year partnership agreement with Corinthians, wiping out debts of about £11.5 million and immediately investing heavily in players.

'Among those bought with MSI money were Tévez and Javier Mascherano, who helped Corinthians to the 2005 Brazilian championship, but only after the club was allowed to replay several games in the wake of a match-fixing scandal.

'While Corinthians continued to enjoy success on the field, though, the Brazilian authorities began looking into why none of the money involved in the purchase of players appeared to pass through the country. The subsequent failure of MSI or Corinthians to explain the origin of the money - or how they intended to turn a profit - ultimately led them to launch an investigation amid suspicions of money-laundering.'

Meanwhile, seemingly undeterred by the legal problems he faces in Brazil, Kia Joorabchian is confident that Tevez will have a medical in Manchester on Wednesday.

'Kia Joorabchian, the agent who represents Carlos Tevez, has confirmed the player will fly back from the Copa America in Venezuela next Tuesday to undergo a medical at Manchester United.

'Joorabchian, who was yesterday issued with an arrest warrant from a federal judge in Brazil in relation to his business dealings with Media Sports Investments (MIA), told Sky Sports News: "Carlos is going to come on Tuesday to do a medical on Wednesday at Manchester United. Hopefully we'll get all the administrative issues sorted next week and I hope everything will be okay, we don't foresee any problems.

'"We spoke to Manchester United tonight (Thursday), they are quite confident we can have him registered by next week."

'Joorabchian is confident all the necessary paper work will be completed in good time for the Argentinian to start the new season with the Premiership champions.

'Tevez, meanwhile, is said to be keen to finalise the deal and focus on playing. "He's a sportsman, he doesn't really understand all the administrative bits and pieces, but he knows he's not in any way fighting with West Ham or demanding anything," said Joorabchian.'