The latest buzz on the Manchester rumour hotline is that want away striker Carlos Tevez will line up in Manchester City's starting eleven in this weekend's head to head clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Insiders say that City have initiated a 'massive' climbdown on their vigorous stance that Tevez was in breach of contract following his apparent refusal to play in City's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
"Carlos (Tevez) and Roberto (Mancini) have made it up," a source announced. "Roberto invited Carlos to dinner round at his, and the two had a good old heart to heart. Roberto presented Carlos with flowers and a box of chocolates, accompanied by a 'We're Sorry You're Leaving' card. They drank champagne and watched 'When Harry Met Sally' and then the heart to heart followed."
Apparently, Carlos Tevez only wants to feel loved, and his gut feeling is that he hasn't been loved in Manchester. Rejected by United, then feted on his arrival at City, only to be spurned yet again. He feels rather like a man whose wife has cheated on him.
In recent days, Tevez has been linked with Corinthians, of Sao Paulo, and his boyhood team, Boca Juniors, back in Buenos Aries, and even - somewhat ludicrously - West Ham United, but sources say that following the heart to heart with Mancini, Tevez is raring to go, passionate about playing for Manchester City, and determined to put one over on his old boss this weekend.
"Yeah, right," United fan Jarbo the Killer scoffed. "It's all just a smokescreen is this. He won't be playing at all. It's just the noisy neighbours trying to recoup some of the millions they shelled out for his services. If they can convince the world that Tevez really is a nice guy and not a troublemaker, they might get a few bob for him. You've got to laugh. Fergie knew what he was doing when he let Tevez go, and City are left with egg on their faces. He sold 'em a right donkey. Still, they are a 'massive' club. Whatever that means."
More as we get it.