Carlos Tevez's prospects of securing a move away from Manchester City rest on Inter Milan failing to win the five-club chase for Udinese forward Alexis Sanchez.
Tevez, currently with his family in Buenos Aires ahead of next month's Copa America in Argentina, is expected to be allowed to leave Eastlands this summer if City receive an offer in excess of £40m.
But City will struggle to find a club prepared to pay Tevez's transfer fee and his reported £250,000-a-week wages until Sanchez decides on his next destination after signalling his intention to leave Udinese.
Although City are vying with Barcelona, Inter, Chelsea and Juventus to sign Sanchez, the 22-year-old has publicly admitted his desire to sign for Barca, with Udinese president Franco Soldati insisting last night that no deal has yet been reached between the two clubs.
Soldati denied quotes attributed to him in Chile in which he had supposedly suggested that personal terms had been agreed between Barcelona and the player.
City are prepared to match Udinese's £35m valuation of Sanchez, but manager Roberto Mancini is understood to have accepted that the player views a move to Barcelona or Inter ahead of Manchester.
Inter have been long-term admirers of Tevez, however, and any failure to thwart Barcelona's move for Sanchez would raise the prospect of the Nerrazzuri renewing their efforts to do business with City for the Argentine.
Although Juventus are keen to lure Tevez to Turin, the club's failure to qualify for Europe next season makes them outsiders, but Inter's financial power would enable them to meet City's valuation and go close to matching Tevez's huge salary.
The City captain has done little to improve his relationship with the Eastlands hierarchy and supporters in recent days by criticising senior figures at the club and insisting he will "never return to Manchester" once he finally leaves the city. (© Daily Telegraph, London)