Tevez edging closer to Milan move
Published 29/12/2011 | 05:00
AC Milan hope to secure the signing of Carlos Tevez by mid-January after seeing off rival interest in the Manchester City forward from Paris St Germain.
While Juventus retain an interest in the Argentine, who has been absent from City since flying to Buenos Aires in early November, Milan are confident that talks with senior figures from the Etihad Stadium, last week in London, have placed them in pole position to complete a deal for the 27-year-old.
City are determined to negotiate the permanent sale of the £25m-rated Tevez in January, rather than a loan with an agreement to buy at the end of the season. However, discussions between Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani and City are understood to have progressed well.
Milan are keen to reach an agreement in time for Tevez to train with the club during their two-week mid-winter training camp in Dubai, which began on Tuesday.
With the two clubs continuing to haggle over the terms of the deal, however, Tevez could be forced to wait until after the Dubai trip before completing a move.
Meanwhile, City remain in talks with the Ivory Coast Football Federation (ICFF) over the departure date of Yaya and Kolo Toure for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The ICFF are free to summon players from their clubs up to two weeks before the start of the tournament on January 21, leaving the Toure brothers facing the prospect of missing the FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester United on January 8.
City have been given permission for the two players to play against United, but manager Roberto Mancini is hopeful of having both available for the Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool on January 11 and the Premier League trip to Wigan five days later. (© Daily Telegraph, London)