Sunday January 22 2012
Tevez-Maxi Lopez intrigue

Carlos Tevez “only wants Milan,” confirmed his agent, but the Rossoneri are ready to snatch Maxi Lopez off Fulham just in case Manchester City hold out.

The latest chapter in the Tevez saga developed this week when the want-away striker effectively turned down a €37m move to Paris Saint-Germain.

“Tevez only wants Milan,” representative Kia Joorabchian said. “We are waiting to find out what Manchester City’s intentions are, but we have already told PSG what they needed to know.

“As for Inter, we never spoke to them, so they are not a viable alternative. In fact, if Carlo Ancelotti hadn’t been at PSG, I wouldn’t even have flown in for talks.”

This forces Manchester City to reconsider Milan’s proposal of a loan with option to buy at the end of the season.

However, City are increasingly frustrated at Tevez’s tactics, as for months now he has been ‘on strike’ in South America. It’s possible they will hold on to the Argentine just to ensure he doesn’t get his way.

Aware of this, the Rossoneri are scrambling towards Plan B, namely Maxi Lopez of Catania.

The hitman has agreed terms with Fulham for a €1.5m loan plus €9m buy-out clause and a four-year contract worth €1.2m per season.

Maxi made it clear he’d prefer San Siro and is continuing to stall, giving Milan a chance to come back in with an offer. He’d also have the advantage of being able to play in the Champions League.

In other news, there are reports Antonio Cassano is recovering quicker than expected from his heart surgery and could well return to the field at the beginning of April.

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