Monday January 23 2012
Galliani: Tevez’ words good news

Adriano Galliani has again reiterated Milan’s desire to sign Carlos Tevez and made clear that it is a case of signing either him or Maxi Lopez, not both.

Catania earlier today confirmed that a deal with the Rossoneri was all but complete for the Rossoneri to sign their Argentine forward, with Lopez even pictured today meeting Milan’s sporting director Ariedo Braida.

However, as the Sicilian-based player’s agent later confirmed, any deal is dependent on one for Tevez not going through.

In speaking to the Press on Monday, Galliani took the opportunity to again encourage Manchester City to lower their asking price, in light of Tevez’ reported declaration that he wants ‘only Milan’. 

“His words are good news,” reflected Galliani. “The closing of the deal, however, depends neither on us nor on him, but on City. The will of Milan and the player are clear, but not enough.

“In principle too, both [Lopez and Tevez] cannot join. In fact, I would say that it is not possible. A striker will come, he will be Argentinean and his name will end with a ‘z’.”

The Milan Vice-President was also asked of the theory that Alexandre Pato will follow Ricky Kaka in turning down a January move only to leave the following summer.

“No, Pato has a long contract and he is a great champion. He will remain here.”

Meanwhile, Lopez, when stopped by reporters in Milan on Monday evening, confirmed no deal for his transfer has been agreed yet, but that ‘in a day or two’ it could be.