Manchester City have given AC Milan permission to speak to Carlos Tevez's representative, according to the Italian club's vice-president Adriano Galliani.
The Serie A champions are interested in signing Tevez on-loan in January, but have yet to open talks with City over the possible transfer of the 27-year-old Argentina striker.
“Tevez is a City player,” said Galliani. “The English club has authorised us to speak to his agent ,but we haven't spoken directly to City yet.
“We don't know what City want. I prefer not to speak too much about Tevez, otherwise his price will go up and this is not good for us.”
City are understood to be reluctant to agree to a loan deal, although there are suggestions that Brazilian striker Pato may be offered to City in a swap deal.
Tevez's advisor Kia Joorabchian reportedly held talks with AC Milan last week in Italy.
The former Manchester United forward looks set to leave the Blues in the New Year after his latest fallout with the club. Tevez returned to his homeland last month without City's permission and has yet to report back to training.
Milan are looking to reinforce their attacking options with Italy frontman Antonio Cassano ruled out indefinitely after undergoing a heart procedure.
When asked about Milan's winter transfer window activity, Galliani said: “If anyone arrives, it will be a striker as our aim is to cover the place of the injured Cassano.”
Meanwhile Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng described the prospect of Tevez moving to the San Siro as “perfect”.