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Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011

Tevez camp eyes Milan as possible landing spot


MILAN, Italy — Carlos Tevez's agent has opened up the possibility of the Argentina striker ending his unhappy stay at Manchester City by joining Serie A giant AC Milan.

Kia Joorabchian had a two-hour meeting with Milan vice president Adriano Galliani at the club's headquarters on Thursday.

"Football is great in Italy, there are great clubs," Joorabchian told Italian TV station Sky Sport on Friday. "Milan is one of the biggest clubs in the world and of course there is the possibility that Carlito will go to a great club."

City manager Roberto Mancini said last week that Tevez's decision to return to Argentina without permission had ended any hope the forward had of playing for the Premier League club again.

Tevez has still not returned to Manchester and recently missed a scheduled meeting with the Premier League leaders to discuss his future.

Mancini refused to answer questions about the matter in his weekly news conference Friday, emphatically stating, "I do not want to speak about Carlos Tevez."

Tevez has not played since apparently refusing an instruction from Mancini to warm up during a Champions League game against Bayern Munich in September.

City fined Tevez four weeks' wages last month but was forced to halve it after England's players' union intervened.

AC Milan's Serie A rival Juventus is also said to be interested in Tevez, but a meeting with the player's representatives on Friday was reportedly postponed.

Tevez is under contract with City until 2014. It will reportedly cost €4 million ($5.3 million) to take the 27-year-old forward on loan and a further €20 million ($26.5 million) to make the transfer permanent in the summer.

A stumbling block could be the wages, with Tevez earning around €10 million ($13.2 million) a season at City.

Milan is in the hunt for a striker, with Antonio Cassano set to miss the rest of the season as he recovers from heart surgery.

Tevez, however, would not be eligible for the Champions League after featuring for City against Napoli at the beginning of the campaign.

Tevez has long been linked with a move to Italy, despite the Argentina striker saying several times he wishes to return to South America to be closer to his family, including his two daughters who live with his wife in Buenos Aires.

The 2009 recruit from Manchester United was City's top scorer during its run to the F.A. Cup title last year that ended a 35-year trophy drought.

However, the season was not without controversy for the City captain after he handed in a written transfer request in December, saying that his relationship with "certain executives and individuals at the club" was beyond repair.

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