AC Milan will decide on Friday whether to match Manchester City's valuation of Argentina international Carlos Tevez.
The Italian champions are understood to have already seen an offer in excess of €20million for the 27-year-old want-away star rejected.
City are ruling out a loan move for Tevez and are seeking at least €30million (£25m) to allow the striker to secure his exit from the Etihad Stadium.
The former Manchester United and West Ham forward has not played for City since his bust-up with Roberto Mancini against Bayern Munich in September.
However, Tevez will need to wait at least 24 hours before seeing if his AC Milan switch will come to fruition.
"We will make a definite decision on Friday," vice president Adriano Galliani told Gazzetta dello Sport.
AC Milan have a back-up plan should Tevez not arrive with the club brokering a deal with Catania to land forward Maxi Lopez.
Galliani is unsure whether the club will push through their move for Lopez is Tevez arrives.
"Will Maxi Lopez join as well? Who knows," he continued.
"I will just confirm that if he doesn't arrive, then we will sign Tevez, but they are two alternative options."
The cost of Tevez's unsanctioned return to Argentina has been revealed at £9.3m, with the player forfeiting wages and bonuses.
And it seems the strain is finally taking its toll on the striker with close friend Carlos Jimenez revealing he is 'nervous' over his future.
"We had dinner a few days ago and I could see that he was a little worried," the singer told a Buenos Aires newspaper.
"In fact, he was really worried by his situation. He has to get out of Manchester before January 31 and he knows that.
"He says Man City want to stop him playing for two years."