With all eyes focused on this weekend’s massive Milan derby, there is also a very interesting battle going on behind the scenes between the two sides.
The problem is that Milan and Manchester City are at loggerheads over the Tevez transfer and reports are coming out that Milan have angered City officials over their behaviour during negotiations.
This is not the first time that City and Milan have had trouble pulling off a deal. A couple of seasons ago City thought that they had a deal for Kaka, before it fell apart at the 11th hour. Then, former City President Gary Cook famously said that Milan had “bottled it”.
So with Milan wanting a loan deal and City wanting a transfer, Inter have quietly been working in the background trying to put together a deal.
Inter chief Marco Branca was in London last week for talks over a deal with City and Corriere dello Sport says an agreement is close. City are seeking €30 million, while Branca insists they won’t go higher than €27 million.
Those on City’s side say they’re prepared to compromise and will even help Inter by agreeing to spread the payment over a long-term period.
If they can strike terms with City, Inter chiefs are convinced they can go to Tevez and his adviser Kia Joorabchian and persuade them to break their agreement with Milan.
The odds are still in Milan’s favor, but the longer that Milan and City take to make a deal, the better the chances that Inter can sneak in and steal Tevez from under the nose of their city rivals!!