AC Milan and Inter vie to sign Tevez

2012-01-06 11:21

AC Milan and crosstown rivals Inter Milan are wrestling over the transfer of Carlos Tevez from Manchester City, even as the Argentine striker appeared to be settling down in Milan.

On Friday Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani was reportedly in Rio de Janeiro, where he arrived earlier this week to continue negotiations that began in December with the footballer’s agent, Kia Joorabchian.

Tevez (27), has been sidelined from Manchester since late September, after a row with coach Roberto Mancini over Tevez’s refusal to come on as substitute in a Champions League game.

The international has been quoted as saying that the Serie A champions were his favourite club after playing five seasons in the English Premiership with West Ham, Manchester United and City.

Although he is now in Argentina, Tevez is said to have rented a flat in the centre of Milan through a real estate agency. An official from Proto Consulting said the footballer agreed to a one-year lease beginning in February at a rental of $7 160 (about R56 000)dollars per month.

Inter are also keen on the striker and sent their technical manager Marco Branca to Manchester, where on Thursday he was said to have discussed with administrator Brian Marwood a loan-transfer deal followed by a payment of €25 million at season’s end.

Milan’s offer is similar, but includes an evaluation of the footballer’s performance in the remainder of the season before the full purchase of his contract.

The Rossoneri began looking for a forward after Antonio Cassano underwent heart surgery in early November, which will sideline him for most of the season.

Money to secure the transfer of Tevez could come from the sale of Brazilian Pato to Paris Saint-Germain, who are looking to beef up their ranks under new coach Carlo Ancelotti, a former player and coach at Milan.

Inter could also need to sell one of their top players to sign Tevez. It was reported that Branca was also negotiating the transfer of Dutch play-maker Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United.

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