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Nov 24, 2011

Milan tight-lipped over Tevez talks

AC Milan are refusing to comment on widespread reports that they have begun negotiations to sign rebel Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez on loan in January.

• Milan considering Tevez move
• Zanetti talks up Tevez deal

Sky Sport Italia claim Tevez's agent Kia Joorabchian met with Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani and transfer director Ariedo Braida at the Italian club's head office on Thursday afternoon to discuss a deal.

It is believed City will demand a sizeable fee to take their unsettled striker on loan, with Gazzetta dello Sport claiming the Rossoneri may have to pay upward of €5 million to secure a temporary deal ahead of a potential permanent switch in the summer.

However, Milan would only say: "We cannot possibly comment on that. There is nothing we can say at all."

AWOL Tevez has fallen out of favour at City and fled to Argentina after being charged with misconduct and fined two-weeks' wages following his refusal to warm-up against Bayern Munich in September. He is expected to be sold in the summer, if not sooner.

Given the complete breakdown in the relationship between City and Tevez a number of European clubs are looking to broker a relatively cut-price deal for the 27-year-old. Inter Milan and PSG have already expressed an interest and AC Milan assistant coach Mauro Tassotti suggested on Monday that his club could also be interested.

Tassotti said: "Tevez to Milan? He is a great player but we need to evaluate his condition and his head because as well as technical ability, you need to be mentally ready to play. There are problems with Manchester City but it could be an idea."

Milan are expected to bring in a new forward in the January transfer window with Antonio Cassano sidelined for around six months following heart surgery.

Rossoneri legend Alessandro Costacurta said this week that Tevez could be the man to plug the gap at San Siro, although the former Milan defender also had a few reservations regarding the Argentine's behaviour.

"Tevez would be perfect to substitute Cassano," Costacurta said. "I get the impression that he could create some problems if he is left on the bench though - and that will happen at Milan when you consider the forwards they have in their squad.

"He would have to be managed properly. Nevertheless, he is the ideal attacker for Milan."

In the summer, a deal of around £38 million, including add-ons, was agreed between City and Tevez's former club Corinthians, only to collapse due to the Brazilian outfit's inability to come up with a payment schedule that suited the Blues hierarchy.

It is not known whether Milan would need to come up with a similar figure to get Tevez to Italy.

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