AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has warned Manchester City that their current asking price for striker Carlos Tevez is too high.
The AWOL Argentina international has been attracting strong interest from the Serie A club, who are keen to secure his services on loan in January with a view to a summer deal.
That proposal has been given a frosty reception at the Etihad Stadium, with Roberto Mancini insisting that last season's top scorer and former captain will only leave on a permanent transfer in January.
Officials from the two clubs are expected to meet later this week in an attempt to reach an accord, with Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani remaining optimistic that terms can be reached.
Costs too much
Former Manchester United and West Ham forward Tevez has been back in his homeland without permission in the wake of the fall-out of his refusal to warm up in the UEFA Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.
Mancini accepts that a parting of the ways is the best route for both parties, but now San Siro supremo Berlusconi has suggested that they could walk away from the deal if it is not to their liking, with Paris Saint Germain waiting in the wings.
Berlusconi is quoted as saying in the Italian press: "I'm not courting Tevez, and he costs too much.
"Milan have a squad that could win the Scudetto as they are.
"There is also Pato, who must play much more."