Carlos Tevez may have won two Premier League titles with Manchester United, but he has recently cost the club a major transfer coup.

The fiery Argentine severed ties with United in the most bitter of ways, as he signed up with cross-town rivals Manchester City. Now he seems to have cost Manchester United once again as United has nearly lost the chance to sign a top transfer target because of him, albeit indirectly.

According to the Mirror, the Premier League club have been tracking Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur. However Serie A champions Juventus have a first-option clause as part of the deal that brought Tevez back to Argentina from Turin in 2015.

Boca’s footballer Rodrigo Bentancur (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Newells during their Argentina First Division football match at La Bombonera stadium, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on February 20, 2016 (Photo by Alejandro Pagni/AFP/Getty Images)

“It is already signed. When I was in Switzerland recently Juventus informed me that that they were going to activate the option so I will travel to Turin soon in order to complete the deal,” Boca president Daniel Angelici told TyC Sports, as per the Mirror report.

“I think it’s very good business for Boca. Juventus will pay £6.7million for 50 per cent of his rights.

“He must have something because there were a lot of clubs interested.

“Real Madrid made a proposal, Manchester [United] also came and Milan made a £12.5m formal offer to sign him.”

Serie A’s fallen giants AC Milan were reportedly very keen to sign Bentancur, and it now looks like other European superpowers like Real Madrid and Manchester United were after the teenager. However Juventus secured first option rights on Bentancur, as well as three other young Boca Juniors players, when Tevez left Turin.

Bentancur made his professional debut for Boca last April. He has scored one goal in 37 appearances and won the ‘Revelation of the Year’ award last season. The central midfielder could develop into a top class deep lying play-maker and a move to Europe looks imminent.

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