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City standing firm over Tevez deal

Manchester City will refuse to be railroaded into any deal if one club offers a bigger transfer fee, and are not concerned with the player's own desires.

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AC Milan claim that their deal with City is dead after Alexandre Pato opted against leaving the Italian club, but there is a chance they are just playing a game of brinkmanship with rivals Inter, who have also shown an interest in Tevez.

Reports have suggested that Inter will offer better terms, but that Tevez has a preference to join Milan. However, the club are only interested in which club offers them a permanent deal that amounts to at least €30 million.

A source close to the transfer told ESPNsoccernet: "It won't wash with City if Tevez wants to go to AC Milan but Inter offer better terms. The club will want to take the best deal for the club. If the player doesn't like it then he has a tough decision to make. The final decision will rest with City, not with Tevez."

Implicit in that argument is the fact that City are playing hardball with Tevez and would even insist on their striker staying for an additional six months at the club without kicking a ball. The Argentine is still AWOL in Buenos Aires, but a day of reckoning isn't far away and it could end up with legal action as well as another disciplinary charge.

Tevez, still on around £250,000-a-week basic salary, might think he is on an extended holiday playing golf in Argentina, but it has been described to ESPNsoccernet as the "most expensive holiday" of all time. Indeed, legal action to recoup that money is sure to follow any eventual transfer.

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