Milan’s CEO Adriano Galliani granted permission to speak with Carlos Tevez’s advisor.
Manchester City have given Milan permission to speak to Carlos Tevez’s representative, according to the Italian club’s vice-president Adriano Galliani.
The Serie A champions are interested in signing Tevez on loan in January but have yet to open talks with City over the possible transfer of the 27-year-old Argentina striker.
“Tevez is a City player,” Galliani said to Gazzetta dello Sport. “The English club has authorised us to speak to his agent but we haven’t spoken directly to City yet.
“We don’t know what City want.
“I prefer not to speak too much about Tevez, otherwise his price will go up and this is not good.”
Tevez’s advisor Kia Joorabchian reportedly held talks with Milan last week in Italy.
A photo in Tuesday’s Gazzetta dello Sport showed agent Kia Joorabchian having dinner with Galliani on Monday.
City has reportedly set a €4 million price tag to acquire Tevez on loan for the second half of this season, and is asking for another €20 million to keep him after that.
Galliani is reportedly asking Tevez to lower his salary of about €10 million per season, with the Argentina international under contract with City through 2013-14.
Italian mainstream daily La Repubblica reported that Milan want Tevez at its holiday training camp in Dubai by December 29, and that a deal could be reached after City’s Champions League status is determined on Wednesday.