Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini confirmed an agreement has been reached with Brazilian side Corinthians for the sale of star striker Carlos Tevez, Sky News reported Monday.

The 27-year-old Argentine international had been looking to move back to South America in order to be closer to his family and was reportedly unhappy in Manchester.

He requested a transfer with "great regret" at the beginning of July, having withdrawn a previous demand last December.

Tevez, a 2009 summer signing and City's club captain, had previously been linked with moves to Spain or Italy, where Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus were all thought to be interested.

Only last week Corinthians admitted it may not be able to increase its bid for Tevez after an initial £35 million (US$55.8 million) offer was rejected by Manchester City.