Tevez was close to a return to Corinthians earlier this summer after handing in a transfer request, but the deal collapsed after both sides were unable to finalise the transfer before the Brazilian transfer window closed.
Since then, Tevez has edged closer to the City exit door after manager Roberto Mancini claimed the striker refused to come off the bench in the club's 2-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.
And while the Argentinean has continued to deny these claims, and is even considering legal action against his manager for defamation, many doubt he will ever pull on a City shirt again as long as Mancini is in charge.
On Wednesday, Corinthians president Andres Sanchez suggested that his club were close to sealing a deal for Tevez for a cut-price fee of £16million.
"Although many people do not believe it, Tevez is much closer to Corinthians than you can imagine," Sanchez said.
"The initial offer was €40m and that is now €18m because of all the problems he has faced back in England."
However, the Guardian believes City will not budge on their original asking price, and are willing to hold Tevez to the remaining three years of his contract, even if Mancini does not select the controversial striker.
The paper further believes that owner Sheikh Mansour's wealth means City will be under no pressure to get rid of Tevez, despite his reported £250,000-a-week contract.
The Citizens could also have another battle on their hands after it emerged that defender Kolo Toure will contest any punishment dished out to him for a failed drugs test.
Toure has since served his six-month suspension and is available for selection once again, but is due to face an internal disciplinary panel, where he could be subject to further punishment.
However, the player's agent Saif Rubie insists his client will contest any sanctions imposed on him.
"Kolo is disappointed the club have decided to take this stance and he will contest any planned action against him."
Toure joined City from Arsenal for £16million back in July 2009, and was even appointed captain under former manager Mark Hughes, although he was replaced in that role by Tevez at the start of the 2010/11 season.