Milan are prepared to wait until January 31 if it means signing Carlos Tevez, the Italian club have confirmed.
The Rossoneri are attempting to net the Manchester City player in January to cover for Antonio Cassano following his heart surgery.
While the Rossoneri have agreed financial details with the Argentine, their request to take him on loan has yet to be ratified by City.
To complicate matters, French giants Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly entered the race to sign him too.
“I know that there was a meeting between the player’s agent and Manchester City this morning, but I don’t know the outcome,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.
“We’ll wait for Tevez until the last hour of the transfer window unless he signs for another club before then.
“Tevez is our first choice and you know what Milan’s position is, that of the player and Manchester City. We know that the player wants to come – we just hope he doesn’t agree terms with anyone else.
“We have up until 18:59 on January 31 to close the deal.”
The former Lega Calcio chief then rejected speculation that Tevez could actually arrive at the club as a replacement for the mis-firing Alexandre Pato.
“There is no chance that Pato can leave. If Tevez signs then it will be because Cassano has had the problem that we all know about. Pato, Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are untouchable.
“This isn’t a brilliant moment for him, but Pato is Pato. He scores almost a goal every two games. There is no Pato problem.”
The Brazilian won’t be sold by the reigning Italian champions, but unhappy summer signing Taye Taiwo could be released after his complaints over a lack of action.
“I’ve not read Taiwo’s interview, but I will. If the player wants to be sold then we’ll look to find a solution that suits everybody.”