The Mirror says City are anxiously waiting for Tevez to turn up for training today â€“ with Jose Mourinhoâ€™s Real Madrid lurking in the wings.
The Argentine striker is due to return to City after missing the end of their winless North American tour, with some of his team-mates puzzled he needed an extended break.
Tevez admits to being depressed after Argentina crashed out of the World Cup and confesses he is finding it hard to get up for another Premier League season, possibly pointing the way towards the exit door.
Real have been trying to tee up a Â£40 million move for Tevez for weeks. His relationship with Roberto Mancini has not been the best and the Spanish giants have left a hole in their attack he could fill.