Roberto Mancini believes Carlos Tevez has played his final game for Manchester City.
Manchester City's manager Mancini hugs Tevez after their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City in Manchester

The agent of Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has held preliminary talks with AC Milan over a possible £25 million move in the January transfer window, according to

The much maligned Kia Joorabchian allegedly flew to Milan on Thursday in order to meet with the Rossoneri's chief executive Adriano Galliani, and the aforementioned source indicates Tevez's fractious relationship with Manchester City could soon be drawing to a close.

The former Manchester City captain's future has looked increasingly untenable at the current Premier League leaders following his remarkable decision to contradict team orders by flying home to Argentina.

The 27-year-old had recently been fined two-weeks wages, reduced from four following the PFA's intervention, for refusing to warm-up in the club's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in September.

The matter had appeared closed and Roberto Mancini even offered the former Manchester United striker a reprieve if he apologised for his actions in the Allianz Arena.

One was not forthcoming and during the international break Tevez, along with a selection of Eastlands' teammate, had been due at Manchester City's Carrington training complex on November 9, but instead he was pictured arriving in Buenos Aires just a day before. now claim Tevez could be closing in on a £25 million move to AC Milan next month, which is significantly lower than the £40 million fee Manchester City had initially demanded.

Roberto Mancini had only recently rejected the idea they would jettison Tevez in a cut-price deal in a bid to be rid of the player.

He told Italian television station Rai Due: "Tevez is strong regardless of what has happened. And great players have a price that is rather high."

Corinthians had also expressed an interest in their former striker but the aforementioned source suggests AC Milan are now favourites for the increasingly wayward Manchester City forward.

On Monday Milan assistant boss Mauro Tassotti had confirmed the Serie A club's interest, but indicated they would only pursue a deal once Tevez's mindset had been assessed given his recent off-field issues.

"Tevez to Milan? He is a great player but we need to evaluate his condition and his head because as well as technical ability, you need to be mentally ready to play," he is quoted by the Daily Mirror.

"There are problems with Manchester City but it could be an idea."