The prospect of Carlos Tevez joining Paris Saint-Germain appeared to be receding on Friday after it was reported talks with the Manchester City striker's representatives had failed.
Reports have emerged from France claiming the ambitious French club have been unable to reach an agreement with the Argentinian over a possible move. Tevez's advisor Kia Joorabchian had travelled to Paris to meet with senior club officials, including sporting director Leonardo and new coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Press Association Sport understands the talks are unlikely to be resurrected, meaning that Tevez's future remains uncertain.
Inter Milan are still in negotiations with City over the player while AC Milan, the other club to have been heavily linked with the 27-year-old, recently pulled out of discussions.
There has been speculation, however, that the Serie A champions could resurrect their interest in a player who remains out of favour at City before the end of the January transfer window.
Tevez has not played for City since becoming embroiled in a dispute with the club in September and is currently in Argentina awaiting a possible move.
Manager Roberto Mancini on Friday said he hoped the saga could be resolved quickly but latest developments may scupper his wishes. Either way, the Italian admitted the player does not have a future at the Etihad Stadium.
When asked if Tevez could return to his team if a move failed to materialise, Mancini said: "This is impossible. Carlos doesn't want to stay.
"It is important for him to start to play because he is a football player.
"It is now three months that he hasn't played and this is not good for him. I hope for him everything can finish very quickly.