Galliani reveals Tevez promise

Tevez is expected to leave Manchester City next month after failing

to feature for the club since the infamous Champions League defeat

by Bayern Munich in September. City have already rejected an offer

from Milan to take Tevez on loan with a view to a permanent deal,

with manager Roberto Mancini insisting on a New Year sale. Milan

held talks with their City counterparts on Thursday and the Italian

giants were satisfied with the outcome of the discussions. However,

a deal has still to be agreed between the two clubs and the

Rossoneri were linked with a move to sign Tevez’s fellow Argentine

striker Maxi Lopez from Catania as a back-up. Galliani has now

ruled out a deal for Lopez after reiterating that Milan are willing

to wait until the final day of the transfer window to agree a deal

for Tevez. “Will Tevez be a Christmas present for the fans? It’s

tough in a period of economic difficulty, but we will try to keep

the supporters happy,” told Sky Sport Italia. “Maxi Lopez? Catania

have been very kind and open, but I made a promise to Carlitos that

we’ll wait for him until January 31. “If Tevez does not arrive,

then we will stay as we are.” Meanwhile, veteran striker Filippo

Inzaghi has been tipped to leave Milan in January and Galliani

concedes he could move on. “Pippo’s dream is to set the record for

European goals,” added Galliani. “He’ll try to achieve that either

with Milan or another club in the Europa League.”