Together again Milan in summer plot to reunite pals Tevez and Mascherano
AC Milan are plotting to reunite Carlos Tevez with Javier Mascherano at the San Siro this summer.
Adriano Galliano, chief executive of the Serie A champions, is believed to have used his trip to London this week to find out if a summer move for Tevez was still on the cards.
Freinds reunited: AC Milan are keen to sign Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez
While Milan looked blunt and vulnerable in their 3-0 Champions League defeat by Arsenal, Tevez made his second appearance in a Manchester City shirt since returning to the club for the reserves against Bolton.
Galliani pushed hard to sign Tevez in January until Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi pulled the plug on Alexandre Pato’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain, which would have funded the deal with City.
With PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti confirming he will make another move for Pato in the summer, Berlusconi is dreaming of signing Robin van Persie from Arsenal.
In action: Tevez played for City's reserves on Tuesday as Mascherano (R) helped Barcelona destroy Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday
However, as competition is fierce for the Holland striker, 28-year-old Tevez is seen as a more realistic target.
Galliani is keen to build a close relationship with the Argentine’s adviser, Kia Joorabchian, and has also shown an interest in Mascherano.
Although Milan progressed to the Champions League quarter-final thanks to a 4-0 first leg win against Arsenal, the return match caused alarm within the San Siro hierarchy.
Double act: Tevez and Mascherano were paired up at West Ham in 2006
Tough-tackling midfielder Mascherano, 27, has failed to hold down a regular place since leaving Liverpool for Barcelona and is likely to consider a move at the end of the season.
Joorabchian was behind Tevez and Joorabchian joining Corinthians in 2004 and West Ham two years later.