By Paolo Camedda
Goal.com has learned that AC Milan are stepping up their pursuit of Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez.
The Argentine has already held talks with the Rossoneri and, according to CEO Adriano Galliani, has his heart set on a move to San Siro.
However, the negotiations have reached an impasse over Milan’s reluctance to adhere to City’s request to accept an obligation to buy the player upon the completion of a proposed loan deal until the end of season.
It had been reported that Milan were willing to wait until the end of the January transfer window to come to an agreement and had abandoned all of their other transfer targets, including Catania’s Maxi Lopez, as a result.
However, Goal.com has been told by sources close to the operation on the Milanese side that “the deal is going through a very crucial stage” and that there is a feeling that the situation will become a lot clearer inside the next week.
The Italian champions have seemingly been moved to push things forward by Inter’s rumoured interest in the player, with the Nerazzurri’s sporting director Marco Branca reportedly set to travel to England later this week to speak not only with Manchester United over a potential sale of Wesley Sneijder, but also with crosstown rivals City in relation to Tevez.
Milan are desperate to strengthen their forward line with Antonio Cassano having been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing heart surgery last month.