AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has revealed that any big-name signings made during the January transfer window will only be on loan.
Milan have been linked with Manchester City outcast Carlos Tevez after his agent Kia Joorabchian met with Galliani and Milan's transfer director Ariedo Braida at the Rossoneri's head office on Thursday to discuss a deal.
Milan are looking to reinforce their attacking line with Italy striker Antonio Cassano ruled out indefinitely after undergoing a heart procedure earlier this month.
"Whoever comes to Milan in January will be on loan for free, with an option to make that stay permanent," Galliani told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Tevez? We will see, there's time. Probably if we had not had Cassano's situation, we would remain as we are.''
It is believed City would demand a sizeable fee to take their unsettled striker on loan, with Italian media suggesting Milan may have to pay upward of €5 million to secure a temporary deal.