Manchester City could be offered Alexandre Pato in a swap deal for Carlos Tevez.
Italian giants AC Milan are keen to bring the Argentinian to San Siro but the Citizens have rejected the initial loan bid offered.
The Daily Star is reporting that Manchester City are only willing to do a permanent deal, or a loan deal that guarantees a permanent switch.
In a bid to reach a compromise, Milan are ready to offer Pato in a swap for the duration of any deal that takes Tevez to the Italian capital temporarily.
Tevez has been AWOL from Etihad Stadium since he was disciplined and fined after refusing to warm up in a Champions League game against Bayern Munich.
Milan have had their own striking troubles with Antonio Cassano, who was ruled out for the season after undergoing emergency heart surgery.
Roberto Mancini has said he will not be buying another striker in January, but noises coming out of the Etihad Stadium suggest concern of a shortage if injury were to strike.
Milan bought Pato for £24million from Brazilian club Internacional in 2007, but have been unimpressed with his recent form.
It is thought that City would be keen on taking another Brazilian off AC, defender Thiago Silva, but the Italian club are unwilling to let him go.