Inter's Massimo Moratti puts Manchester City talks over Carlos Tevez transfer on hold until after Milan derby

The Nerazzurri supremo claims that he will resume talks with the Premier League leaders next week because he is currently focused on this weekend's meeting with their city rivals

Inter president Massimo Moratti has revealed that talks with Manchester City over the acquisition of Carlos Tevez have been postponed until after Sunday's Milan derby.

The Nerazzurri’s city rivals, AC Milan, seemingly dropped out of the race to sign the Argentine on Thursday following Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato’s decision to reject the advances of Paris Saint-Germain and remain with the Rossoneri.

Consequently, Inter are now clear favourites to land Tevez. However, Moratti was refusing to be drawn on the issue when confronted by reporters on Friday afternoon.

"I'll only talk about the derby,” he told the club’s official website.

“Regarding Tevez, City know and I know. We said a few days ago that we'd discuss it next week. I'm only interested in Sunday's game."

Inter are alleged to have offered £21 million plus bonuses for the player but when pressed further on the exact details of the deal, Moratti would only reiterate that he has spoken with the Premier League leaders.

"Yes, but we're in contact with clubs all over the world, including City,” he revealed.

“In any case, my thoughts, as far as sport is concerned, are focused more on Sunday than on anything else at the moment."

Inter go into the game against co-leaders Milan eight points behind their great rivals but high on confidence after a five-game winning streak in Serie A.