Kia fuels Tevez speculation

Joorabchian is reported to have met with the Milan hierarchy on

Thursday as part of the first tentative stages towards securing

Tevez’s exit from City. It is unlikely the discussions will trigger

an immediate bid, although it may push Inter Milan and Juventus

into making their own interest known. City are said to be aware of

developments and are relaxed about the prospect of them proceeding,

whilst all the time stressing they would only be interested in a

direct sale, not a loan, and then only if the price suited them.

Joorabchian realises fulfilling that requirement will not be easy,

which is why even he is not going overboard about the present

position, beyond acknowledging Milan, seven-times European Cup

winners, fit the criteria of club Tevez would like to join. “Milan

is a great city,” he told Sky Italia. “I have spoken to Tevez but

we have not discussed anything for the time being. In Italy they

play great football. You have great clubs. “(Milan and Juventus)

are top clubs. Milan are one of the top clubs in the world with a

long history and there is a possibility that Carlito will go to a

top club.” FIFA agent Giuseppe Riso, who is accompanying

Joorabchian in Italy, claims Juve have shown a “real” interest in

the former Manchester United star. “Today we were supposed to hold

a meeting with Juventus but it has been postponed,” he told

Calciogp.it. “We will update in the coming days, there will be time

to talk. “I can confirm that the interest ofJuventus for Tevez is

real, as well as that of other top clubs worldwide.” When asked

about Thursday’s meeting with Milan, Riso stated: “We are still at

a preliminary stage. “I can’t make predictions, but to start a

negotiation some bases must be satisfied. “The premises are good,

but there is still a long way to go before an agreement can be

reached.” City boss Roberto Mancini evidently believes he has spent

far too much time discussing the 27-year-old as he dismissed the

subject ahead of Sunday’s trip to Liverpool. “I do not want to

speak about Carlos Tevez. I will answer no questions about him,”

Mancini said.