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Many top players likely to move after Copa America

AP, BUENOS AIRES

Look for many of the top players in the Copa America to be changing clubs when the South American championship ends later this month.

Carlos Tevez’s agent has already confirmed that the striker’s old team Corinthians has made an offer for the Argentine, who played two seasons for the Brazilian club before moving to England and eventually Manchester City.

Tevez will be far from the only player on the move when the South American championship ends on July 24.

Argentina teammate Sergio Aguero, who has scored three of Argentina’s four goals, has said he wants to leave Atletico Madrid. Some other top players on the move could be Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, Brazil stars Neymar, Ganso and Lucas, and Uruguay’s Diego Forlan.

Aguero could be a target of many teams, including Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus. The price tag is reported to be 45 million euros (US$63 million).

Falcao has scored twice and has been impressive in the Copa America after a great season with Porto. Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas has taken over at Chelsea and Falcao could follow soon.

The 19-year-old Neymar seems likely to be changing scenery. His Santos club has said it has already had offers from five clubs: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Anzhi Makhachkala of Russia. All are said to be willing to pay the 45 million euro buyout clause.

Midfielder Ganso, Neymar’s teammate at Santos, could also be moving. AC Milan appears to be the top suitor.

The other Brazilian reportedly attracting attention from European clubs is young playmaker Lucas, who teamed up with Neymar to help Brazil win the under-20 South American championship earlier this year. Liverpool is reportedly interested. Both Lucas and Neymar have a sports marketing deal with retired Brazil star Ronaldo.

Forlan is reported on the way out at Atletico Madrid. Some reports have him going to Tottenham, which would return him to England, where he had a difficult time at Manchester United early in his career.

Chile forward Alexis Sanchez is one of the hottest properties in the Copa America. His current club Udinese and Barcelona have been in talks, but so far no deal has been reached. Earlier this week a Spanish League official said Sanchez was “going to play in Spain.” The price is expected to be about 40 million euros.

Mexico forward Giovani Dos Santos seems likely to be leaving Tottenham. Two clubs in Spain have been mentioned as likely destinations — Sevilla and Zaragoza.

Argentina’s Javier Pastore seems sure to be departing Sicily’s Palermo. He’s played little in the Copa America but clubs like Real Madrid and Chelsea are reported to be interested.

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