AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani insists the Italians will sign only one of Emmanuel Adebayor and Ronaldinho - which could spell good news for Manchester City.
The pair have been linked with switches to the San Siro this summer, with Galliani claiming Arsenal have sent him a letter saying they are willing to discuss a deal for Adebayor but remaining tight-lipped regarding Barcelona's Ronaldinho.
However, the 64-year-old insists any deal for one would end interest in the other, with the possibility of two big-name new signings having a negative effect on the Rossoneri - and Adebayor, who scored 30 goals in 48 games for Arsenal last season, appears to be Galliani's first choice.
If Milan do turn to the Togo striker, it would therefore leave City as the only bidders for Ronaldinho.
'Let's be clear about this: Adebayor is the alternative to Ronaldinho and vice-versa,' Galliani said in a statement.
'We consider Kaka and (Alexandre) Pato first-team players. Having two players of the calibre of Adebayor and Ronaldinho would create a lot of problems in the dressing room.'
On Adebayor, who the Gunners value at around £36million, he added on Tuesday: 'If Adebayor decides to leave Arsenal, we are certainly interested.
'The English club have told us they are available to be contacted to negotiate for the player. This is a step forward, but the road is still long.'