The Argentina international remains the Serie A giants' first choice but only if clubs reach an agreement for a temporary move, otherwise the Uruguayan will be preferred
By Salvatore Landolina & Wayne Veysey
Manchester City and Inter have reached a deadlock on a deal for Carlos Tevez, which has opened the door on the Serie A giants moving for Diego Forlan, Goal.com can reveal.
City have ruled out a loan move for Tevez but Inter are refusing to meet the Premier League club's €45 million (£39.5m) asking price.
The Italian club have made it clear that they only want a loan deal for the Argentine because of what they regard as an excessive fee and concerns over the player's long-term commitment.
But City are unwilling to budge on their desire to sell a player who has publicly agitated for a move out of the Etihad Stadium.
Inter sources have told Goal.com that the combination of Tevez's disharmonious exit from Manchester United, the current protracted City saga and the new Financial Fair Play regulations have put them off signing the 27-year-old on a permanent basis.
The Italians are prepared to bide their time until the final days of the transfer window in order to force City into accepting the loan arrangements in light of the current absence of interest in Tevez from elsewhere.
Inter are set to cash in from Samuel Eto'o's expected €35m (£30.7m) sale to Anzhi Mackhachkala, with the deal expected to be completed on Thursday.
However, Goal.com understands that president Massimo Moratti has no intention of using the proceeds to fund a permanent move for the former United man.
Tevez remains Inter's first choice, but if they cannot agree a deal for a temporary switch, the Serie A giants will turn their attention to Atletico Madrid's Diego Forlan.
A €6m (£5.2m) offer to the Spanish club could be enough to sign the 32-year-old Uruguayan, who has also been linked with Turkish club Galatasaray.
However, it is believed that Inter expect Forlan to reduce his wage demands from €4.5m (£3.9m) to €3.5m (£3m) per annum as part of the move.