AC vice-president Adriano Galliani says the club will make a final decision on signing Carlos Tevez from Manchester City on Friday.
The Tevez saga has rumbled on throughout the transfer window, with Inter Milan and Paris Saint Germain officially ending their interest in the AWOL striker. That means AC Milan provide Tevez with the only hope of escaping from the Premier League before the window closes on Tuesday.
So far Milan have been unwilling to meet City's valuation of Tevez, believed to be around €30 million, but City are prepared to let the striker rot at home in Argentina without pay unless they receive what they believe is a fair price.
Milan have also agreed a deal for Catania forward Maxi Lopez. It was initially thought the Lopez deal was arranged as a back-up option to Tevez, but now Galliani has suggested both players could now sign - but one of they definitely will.
"We will make a definite decision on Friday,'' Galliani said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "Will Maxi Lopez join as well? Who knows.
"I will just confirm that if he doesn't arrive, then we will sign Tevez, but they are two alternative options.''
Lopez's agent is confident his player will join Milan.
"Opportunities to join a club like Milan don't come often in a career,'' Andrea D'Amico said. "They have told us to wait a little bit longer with respect to the 48 hours that had been agreed.
"Milan still has to resolve this situation but we trust Galliani. I don't know when but I know Lopez will be a Rossonero player.''