AC Milan are banking on their move for Catania striker Maxi Lopez forcing Manchester City to drop their price for Carlos Tevez.

Gazzetta dello Sport says Milan want both strikers for the January market.

Milan are using the same strategy as they did for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, which was confirmed by agent Thierno Seydi this week.

For the moment, City are refusing to budge from their position: a six-month loan for €5 million plus the requirement to sign Tevez permanently at the end of the season.