Corinthians are ready to resume their interest in Carlos Tevez after the Brazilian club cancelled striker Adriano’s contract, according to the Daily Mail.
Tevez was at the heart of a drawn out transfer saga throughout the January transfer window after he spent five months away from Manchester City following the fall-out of the Citizens Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.
The Argentinian forward was fined and suspended following his refusal to come on as a substitute in the 2-0 defeat against Munich in September, and subsequently spent five months in exile from the Etihad Stadium.
Despite strong interest from both Milan clubs and Corinthians throughout the season, none could match the fee demanded by City before the window slammed shut.
Tevez has now returned to Manchester after City and could feature for the club in their title run-in following Roberto Mancini’s softened stance having previously declared he was ‘finished’ in the north-west.
While the former Manchester United striker has yet to feature for the first team he has been welcomed back by the club’s fans as he regains match fitness in reserve fixtures.
However the Daily Mail report that Corinthians are keen to re-open negotiations following the departure of Adriano, who played just seven games in a year-long spell that was dogged by injury and controversy.
The club's director of football Roberto de Andrade admitted the move for Adriano didn’t work out, but reassured the club’s fans that they will make a move for another big move in the summer.
'We will sit down and talk,' said Andrade.
'Without doubt, we will go after another quality player. The Corinthians fans can rest assured that we will strengthen the Corinthians team.'
The Mail report that the Sao Paulo club have already discussed reviving their bid for Tevez, although once more City’s stance that will accept a cash-only permanent deal is unlikely to have changed, especially now Tevez has finally returned to Manchester.
The paper adds that Villarreal striker Nilmar may be an alternative if a deal for Tevez proves too tricky once more.