Milanese outfits set for battle to secure City castaway Tevez
MANCHESTER CITY's attempts to get Carlos Tevez off their books this month have been boosted by a move from Internazionale, while discussions also resumed yesterday between the player's representatives and AC Milan.
Inter are well behind their Milanese neighbours and have made few positive noises about Tevez so far, though the club's head of technical staff, Marco Branca, has arranged a meeting with City. There has been no contact between Inter and Kia Joorabchian, whose work to seek a move for Tevez to Milan saw him meet that club's vice-president Adriano Galliani yesterday.
Milan appears to be Tevez's preferred option, with personal terms already struck between the player and the club.
Inter's tentative interest has been known for some time, though they have chosen to remain in the background.
Reports from Italy last night suggested that they may also be seeking to make a permanent offer, paying in staged instalments from this summer.
That could place Inter ahead of their neighbours, who have yet to move beyond the option of a loan deal for the rest of the season, with a view to a summer buy.
City, though, will not contemplate a loan. Tevez would welcome a move to either Milan club. Talk of a move to Paris Saint- Germain is less realistic.
Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini will be unable to field Owen Hargreaves from the start in the place of the suspended Gareth Barry when City face Manchester United in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.
A few knocks in training mean Hargreaves will start from the bench against his former side.