Manchester City’s chances of securing the 2011-12 Premier League title received a boost with the news that Inter Milan have ruled out signing Carlos Tevez this summer.
The Argentinian’s future at the City of Manchester Stadium is uncertain after he put in a transfer request last December.
While he later agreed to stay at the club, repeated assertions that he is homesick mean he has been linked with a number of high-profile rivals.
Inter were thought to be at the front of the queue, although the club’s sporting director Marco Branca said in an interview with the BBC that the Italian side would not be able to afford him.
“Tevez is a great player, a great character, but absolutely no,” he told the news provider when asked to comment on Inter’s chances of signing the forward.
“His salary means it is out of the question. The market is crazy at the moment and it is hard to compete.
“We don’t have the same revenues from merchandise and match day as the English sides. We are looking for younger players now with great talent, who we can develop.”
It is not just the English sides that Inter are struggling to compete with as Branca admitted he had also been looking to bring Alexis Sanchez to the club from Udinese.
However, Inter once again had to pull out of the race in the face of competition from Barcelona, with City also still in the hunt.
All of this is good news for the Citizens, who will need Tevez to be firing on all cylinders if they are to clinch the title.
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