Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has insisted that striker Carlos Tevez could still remain with the club beyond the summer and confirmed that new signing Sergio Aguero is set to make his debut against Inter on Sunday.
Tevez has previously stated his desire to leave the FA Cup winners, although a deal to join Corinthians eventually fell through due to the closure of the Brazilian transfer window.
The former Manchester United man's representative, Kia Joorabchian, held talks with Inter on Thursday, as revealed by Goal.com, although Mancini admits that there is a chance Tevez will remain at the Etihad Stadium.
"Tevez is our player and I am happy with him," Mancini said after City's victory over an Airtricity XI in the Dublin Cup. "[Samuel] Eto'o is a fantastic player, but he plays for Inter. It's not true [about a potential swap deal].
"Tevez will return on August 4. It depends on how he arrives, if he's in good form. He has a programme of training. He can play in this team, he can play in the Champions League.
"There's a chance he might go, but then there's a chance he might stay here with us now and, if so, we are happy."
Regarding the potential for new signing Aguero to make his debut against Inter, Mancini is confident the former Atletico Madrid striker will play some part while suggesting he does not expect any further problems with Mario Balotelli following his showboating against Los Angeles Galaxy.
"Now we go to do a training session," he added. "Tomorrow morning we decide. I think he will play some part, yes.
"I don't think there will be a problem with Mario, but with him, you never know! It's important that he plays because it's the last game before the Community Shield. Inter will be tough."
Mancini went on to claim that he wants to keep winger Adam Johnson at the club but suggested that he would not stand in Shaun Wright-Phillips' way if he wants to leave in search of regular football.
"Adam Johnson, sure 100 per cent," Mancini answered when asked if the England man, Gareth Barry and Wright-Phillips are an important part of the first-team squad.
"Gareth is the same, but Shaun is a different question. He was born in Man City, he is an important player for Man City. For me, it's difficult to put him on the bench.
"A player like Shaun deserves to play every game because he's a strong player. But now, we have so many players it's not easy for him. I need to speak with him in the next days. It's difficult because Shaun is a good guy."
Mancini replied "no" when asked if former Middlesbrough star Johnson would be allowed to leave the club.