Troublesome Tevez set for Italian Job as Milan consider fresh swoop.
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AC Milan will make another approach for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez – but only if they can offload Zlatan Ibrahimovic first. The Rossoneri, who failed in a bid to sign Tevez in January, had previously stated that Ibrahimovic was not for sale, amid interest from bid-spending City.
However, their stance has reportedly changed after the outspoken Swede claimed Massimiliano Allegri’s side do not have the finances to buy the quality players they need to reclaim the Serie A title, after finishing four points behind unbeaten Champions Juventus this season.
His claims have angered Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi and vice-president Adriano Galliani, who will now consider selling 30-year-old Ibrahimovic this summer, according to Corriere dello Sport.
Tevez tops Milan’s list of possible replacements and, while City retain an interest in Ibrahimovic, a swap-deal is a possibility.
Tevez endured a turbulent season at Eastlands after falling out with City boss Roberto Mancini and spending four months in self-imposed exile in his native Argentina. Despite Mancini suggesting he would never play for the club again, the tenacious forward returned to the side for City’s run-in and played a significant role in their historic title win, leading Mancini to say he was happy for Tevez to stay.
The Argentine has constantly cited homesickness and a dislike of Manchester as causes for his unrest and may welcome the link with sunny Milan. Meanwhile Mancini, who already has one maverick forward in the form of Mario Balotelli on his books, has a long-standing interest in former Barcelona striker Ibrahimovic, who he managed at Milan’s city rivals Inter.