It appears to me as though the ongoing saga "surrounding" Carlos Tevez may well be the straw that finally breaks the camels' back!!
Currently we are led to believe that Tevez is "owned" by MSI, is registered to West Ham Utd and is desperate to move to Man Utd; who have an agreement in place with MSI.
To anyone else with a remote knowledge of ownership and business law, it seems relatively simple:
MSI own Tevez with a legally recognised agreement worldwide.
MSI have agreed to move Tevez to Man Utd as part of a long term loan, for which they will receive a payment comensurate with current football finances and fair for a player of Tevez' ability and stature (reputation wise!).
These are the only legally recognised agreements involved.
Any move is currently being held up by the Premier League, who are making non-legally enforceable demands on the "transfer"; and West Ham, who I suspect know they don't have a leg to stand on, but are terrified of being found out for basically "lying" to the Premier League about the real ownership of Tevez.
At this stage everything is in a stalemate, and it appears the law courts may be the only place to settle this.
However, this could open a massive can of worms (a la Bosman) for football. Currently the football industry operates between the legal lines governing sport and business.
When faced with freedom of contract, the Football powers try to claim that football is "unique" and should not be governed by statutory employment law.
When it comes to who owns a club and how much cold, hard cash they are offering, suddenly it's a case of "due dilligence" and off to the bank with the cheque!
I hope that this dispute can be settled sensibly and fairly for everyone, although I fear that may not possible because by following the rule of law on this one, we may come to realise that the Premier League have no actual legal governance over employment contracts and that 3rd party agreements are in fact perfectly legal.