Inter president Massimo Moratti: Bid for Manchester City's Carlos Tevez is not a joke

The Argentine forward is expected to sign for AC Milan but the Nerazzurri owner insists that he is intent on prising the player away from the club's city rivals
Inter president Massimo Moratti has revealed that he is making a serious bid to sign Manchester City's wantaway forward Carlos Tevez.

The Nerazzuri's city rivals AC Milan have already reached an agreement with the player, according to Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani, and are now trying to strike a deal with the Argentine's English club.

However, Inter have stepped up their bid to hijack the deal over the past week and Moratti has now claimed after meeting with sporting director Marco Branca on Monday that they could yet pull off what would be a remarkable transfer coup.

"We're trying to figure out if it can be done," the 66-year-old Italian is quoted as saying by Italia.

"When we make a move like this we never do so just for fun. We have received information and we now want to see how it goes.

"It's not a matter of being optimistic or pessimistic, we must only just wait."

Moratti is feeling upbeat at the moment, though, with the Nerazzurri having defeated Parma 5-0 at San Siro on Saturday night - their fifth successive Serie A win - to set themselves up nicely for Sunday's eagerly awaited derby clash with Milan.

"It's an important week for us and I was happy to see the team do so well on Saturday as this will give us much more serenity for the next few days," he added.

Inter currently sit fifth in the standings, eight points off the pace.