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20 Dec 2011

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani will hold talks with Manchester City on Thursday over the possible transfer of Carlos Tevez.

Galliani will travel to Manchester to discuss the move with City officials.

It is believed City will allow the striker, 27, to join Milan on loan in January if the Italian club commits to a permanent deal in the summer.

Milan have previously had a bid of 23m euros (£19.3m) for the Argentine rejected by the Premier League leaders.

The Serie A giants have been chasing Tevez for several weeks, with the sticking point being the terms of the transfer.

Galliani confirmed that a meeting with City had been arranged in interviews with Italian media on Monday.

He said: "On Thursday we have an appointment with Manchester City for Tevez 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 St Germain] and we hope City accept the offer."

Tevez is currently in his native Argentina having flown home without City's permission in November.

He has also been linked with a move to Paris St Germain, but the French side's director of football Leonardo said he will not stand in AC Milan's way if they can conclude a deal.

Leonardo, a former Milan player and manager, told Italian newspaper La Repubblica: "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 [AC Milan owner Silvio] Berlusconi which meant it was impossible for me to stay at Milan, the relations with the club are good."

Despite clear momentum towards a resolution in the Tevez saga, negotiations between AC Milan and City could still break down over the player's valuation, according to Italian football journalist Massimo Marianella.

"I know for sure AC Milan want Carlos Tevez in January but I am not sure they could reach an agreement with Manchester City because of the money," Marianella told BBC World Service.

"My guess is that AC Milan want to go and see the Manchester City people and say 'the player wants to come to play for us and basically, we don't have the money to buy now, so give him on loan for a few months and see during the summer what we can do'."

Tevez has not played for City since they beat Birmingham on 21 September.

City boss Roberto Mancini alleged he refused to come off the substitutes' bench in September's Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich, while the player maintained there had been a misunderstanding.

An internal club investigation concluded that Tevez, who joined City in July 2009, was guilty of five breaches of his contract and he was fined four weeks' wages, reduced to two following intervention from the Professional Footballers' Association.

If he moves to Milan, Tevez would be joining a squad featuring notoriously temperamental players like Kevin-Prince Boateng, Antonio Cassano and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Marianella believes the Serie A champions would have no problem coping with Tevez's personality.

"He is one of the players that comes with the tag, 'handle with care', but, in Italy the best club to do that is AC Milan," he said.

"Don't forget at the moment, [head coach Massimiliano] Allegri and AC Milan have to deal with Boateng, Cassano, Ibrahimovic, so, I think if there is a club in Italy that can handle a player like him, it is AC Milan."


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