AC Milan still want to sign Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez this month, according to the Italian club's vice-president Adriano Galliani.
The Serie A champions had abandoned talks with City over the Argentine's signing after Milan forward Alexandre Pato decided to reject a move to Paris Saint-Germain and stay in Italy.
But Galliani said: "Tevez wants Milan? We also want Tevez. We shall see.
"There are still seven days left until the end of the transfer window."
TEVEZ SAGA TIMELINE
- 27 September 2011
- City boss Roberto Mancini says he wants Tevez "out of the club" after the striker allegedly refuses to play against Bayern Munich
- 28 September 2011
- City suspend Tevez for two weeks
- 25 October 2011
- Tevez found guilty of five breaches of contract and fined four weeks' wages - later reduced to two weeks' following intervention by the PFA
- 8 November 2011 -
Tevez accepts a misconduct charge
- 9 November 2011 -
Tevez misses training
- 6 December 2011 -
AC Milan make a formal offer for Tevez, which is rejected
- 11 December 2011 -
City insist reports PSG are to sign Tevez are untrue
- 19 December 2011
- City confirm scheduled talks with AC Milan over Tevez
- 12 January 2012
- Talks with AC Milan break down
City remain hopeful a deal with Milan can be concluded for Tevez before the 31 January deadline.
However, Milan face stiff competition from PSG and city rivals Inter Milan to land the 27-year-old, who would prefer a move to the Rossoneri, according to reports.
Galliani claims his club will sign
Catania striker Maxi Lopez
, also reportedly targeted by Fulham, if they cannot seal the Tevez deal.
He told Milan's official website: "If Tevez does not arrive, then Maxi Lopez will join us.
"Either one or the other, certainly not the two of them."
Inter president Massimo Moratti has previously conceded that he thought Tevez would join their rivals.
Galliani had been holding talks with City and Tevez's agent Kia Joorabchian in London, before Pato's proposed £29m move to PSG broke down.
City are holding out for a permanent deal for Tevez, and are not willing to let the striker leave on loan.
Manager Roberto Mancini said earlier this month he was confident Tevez would find a new club before the end of the January transfer window.
"I think maybe we can find a good solution in January, also because it is important for Carlos. Now it is three or four months that he hasn't played," he said.
"I know that there is Inter maybe [who are] interested because I read the newspapers, and [AC] Milan the same but I don't know the latest news."
Tevez has not played for City since they
beat Birmingham on 21 September
alleged the Argentine refused to come off the substitutes' bench in September's Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich
, while the player maintained there had been a misunderstanding.
An internal club investigation concluded that Tevez, who joined City in July 2009, was guilty of five breaches of his contract and he was fined four weeks' wages, reduced to two following intervention from the Professional Footballers' Association.