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Tevez nears exit door

Jamie Holland

File photo dated 13/10/2011 Manchester City's Carlos Tevez leaving Carrington Training Ground. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 9, 2011. Carlos Tevez has failed to report for training with Manchester City this morning, the club have confirmed. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
File photo dated 13/10/2011 Manchester City's Carlos Tevez leaving Carrington Training Ground. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 9, 2011. Carlos Tevez has failed to report for training with Manchester City this morning, the club have confirmed. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Carlos Tevez may get what he wished for this Christmas, with a move to AC Milan looking closer than ever after their vice-president Adriano Galliani revealed he plans to meet Manchester City officials on Thursday to discuss a transfer.

Tevez is currently in his native Argentina, having flown home without City's permission last month. His representatives have been speaking to officials at Milan about a possible move, but a sticking point has been the terms of the deal, with Milan wanting Tevez on loan initially and City keen to sell the player immediately.

"On Thursday we have an appointment with Manchester City for Tevez," said Galliani. "But it will probably not be the decisive one to conclude negotiations.

"We're not going to take him outright, we're offering a free loan with the right to buy in June. The player wants to come to us and not PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) and we hope City accept the offer."

Paris Saint-Germain claim they will not interfere with Milan's plans to sign Tevez (left) in January if a deal can be agreed.

The PSG director of football Leonardo, a former coach of Milan, said: "I will not steal Tevez from Milan. I have not contacted the player and I will not get in between the Rossoneri's affairs.

"Even though I didn't share the views of (Milan owner Silvio) Berlusconi which meant it was impossible for me to stay at Milan, relations with the club are good."

However, Leonardo did admit that, if Milan rule themselves out of the race to sign Tevez, PSG would be ready to make a move for the Argentina international.

Irish Independent

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