Milan has signed Argentine striker Maxi Lopez on loan from Catania, signalling that the club has given up on signing Tevez – at least until the end of the season.
Milan have confirmed the signing of Argentine goal-poacher Maximiliano Lopez from fellow Serie A club Catania, all but putting to an end their possibilities of adding Carlos Tevez to their squad.
According to reports Milan deposited the player’s contract to the Italian league headquarters on Friday.
“I’m happy, after everything that has occurred. At the end my reward to be able to join this big team has arrived,” a delighted Lopez stated to Milan channel.
The signing of Lopez came after the player’s agent, Andrea D’Amico, had a final reunion with Milan’s board at the team’s club house, after the striker had spoken to Adriano Galliani.
The former River Plate, Barcelona, Mallorca, Moscow, Gremio and Catania striker will reinforce a Milan side that counts with several accomplished strikers including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato, Robinho and Filippo Inzaghi.
Moments after securing the purchase of Lopez, Galliani explained to the Italian press that with the transfer Milan put an end to their winter transfer spending, and that they had failed in their attempts to complete the signing of Tevez from Manchester City.
“We were very close to coming to an agreement and at 6:30pm I was convinced about closing the deal. We were very close, but I gave my word of honour to Catania and to Maxi,” Galliani affirmed to the press.
Meanwhile, it seems that Tevez will remain at Manchester City for now, even if he continues to be separated from the squad by coach Roberto Mancini.