Inter Milan are preparing to re-enter the chase for Carlos Tevez following the news that AC Milan have failed to reach an agreement for the striker.
It was widely expected that the want-away Manchester City forward would be on his way to the reigning Serie A champions, with the Rossoneri making him their top transfer target.
Negotiations encountered a number of problems, though, with City's preference for a permanent deal proving to be one early obstacle.
It appeared as though that issue would be overcome when Milan's vice-president Adriano Galliani jetted into England on Thursday for talks with City and Tevez's representatives.
No deal was agreed though, leaving the transfer door open for other potential suitors.
Inter have been long-standing admirers of the Argentina international and were in the running until their cross-city neighbours leapt to the front of the queue.
The latest turn of events may have played into their hands, with president Massimo Moratti confirming that he intends to reopen talks with City after Sunday's Milan derby.
He told the club's official website: "We and City know all about Tevez's situation but we have decided to postpone talks until next week as right now my thoughts are on Sunday's game.
"There has certainly been contact.
"We are in talks with clubs all around the world, including City."
Reports in Italy suggest Inter are prepared to offer €25million (£20.8m) for Tevez, who has not featured for City since falling out with coach Roberto Mancini in September 2011.