Transfer Update at 28-01-2012
Maxi Lopez: AC Milan move done
MILAN SEAL MAXI LOPEZ DEAL
AC Milan's pursuit of Carlos Tevez appears to be at an end after they formally registered the signing of Maxi Lopez with the Lega Serie A.
The Italian league confirmed that the Rossoneri have lodged Lopez's contract with them at their Milan headquarters, a move which should halt Milan's pursuit of Manchester City forward Tevez.
Lopez, who has scored three goals in 14 league appearances for Catania this season, joins Milan on loan, with the option to make the move permanent in the summer.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said earlier this week that should the club fail to acquire Tevez, they would instead sign Lopez. Galliani also set a deadline of today for a final decision on Tevez.
Milan had already reached an agreement with Catania for Lopez last month but had not given up hope of signing their main target Tevez.
Reports in Italy claim that City turned down Milan's final offer for Tevez, with the Barclays Premier League club reluctant to let the Argentina international leave on anything other than a permanent deal.
Milan, their city rivals Inter and French outfit Paris St Germain were the three clubs heavily linked with Tevez this month.
Inter and PSG had already withdrawn their interest, and Milan's move for Lopez would appear to leave Tevez without a route out of the Etihad Stadium this month.
That fact was underlined by Tevez's advisor Kia Joorabchian earlier today, when he said in an interview with talkSPORT that his client could remain at City until the next transfer window.
"We've been in negotiations with three big clubs," said Joorabchian.
"I don't think anyone has reached the numbers City were hoping for.
"At the moment it looks like Carlos will remain at City until this summer."