Roberto Mancini has dismissed reports that Carlos Tevez will be used by Manchester City in a swap deal for Inter Milan full-back Maicon.
Media outlets in England and Italy had suggested Maicon could be used in a part-exchange plus cash arrangement for City forward Tevez, who wants a move away from Eastlands.
However, when asked directly if the Argentinian could be used to bring Maicon to Manchester, Mancini said: “No. Carlos is a City player. At the moment, we don’t have any news from other teams, so Carlos will play for Manchester City.
“Carlos is a professional player. If he doesn’t have another team in the next ten days or two weeks I think he will play for us and play serious like last year, like always.”
When asked whether Tevez was likely to move before the transfer deadline, he said: “I don’t know. A lot can happen in one month but if he stays I am happy.”
Elaborating on when City fans might expect to see Tevez back at the club after his summer break was extended, Mancini said: “The agreement with Carlos was that he wouldn’t play for 21 days after the Copa America.”
Maicon’s agent, Antonio Caliendo, also dismissed the notion of a swap deal, telling IlSussidiario.net: “One thing is for sure: Inter chief Massimo Moratti has no intention of accepting a player as part of a Maicon sale. The president wants just cash.
“It’s hard to say how much. Last year he rejected a €25 million offer. If the same offer arrived this year I think he’d sell, but I’m not the one who sets the price. Inter will do that.”