AC Milan will only look to bring players in on loan in January, but admit Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is still in their thoughts.
The Serie A giants are in the market for a new frontman after seeing Antonio Cassano sidelined indefinitely following heart surgery.
Tevez has been strongly linked with a move to Italy, with it clear that he has no future at City.
The Argentina striker's advisor, Kia Joorabchian, has already held talks with Milan and reports in South America and Italy suggest a deal is close.
It remains to be seen whether City, even with Tevez out of favour at the Etihad Stadium, would be prepared to sanction a loan agreement.
Milan, though, have made it clear that they will only be prepared to discuss short-term deals when the transfer window re-opens.
The club's vice-president Adriano Galliani told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Whoever comes to Milan in January will be on loan for free, with an option to make that stay permanent.
"Tevez? We will see, there's time. Probably if we had not had (Antonio) Cassano's situation, we would remain as we are."