Inter has tabled a £20.7m bid for the serial wantaway but Claudio Ranieri's statements show he remains unconvinced of Tevez's value to the team.
"There is balance now and the team has become solid. So we need to understand how much this lad can give and how much he can take away."
The win against Milan was a huge boost to Inter and Ranieri was especially heartened by Diego Milito's re-emergence as a striking force. He singled out Javier Zanetti's work ethic and said the Argentinian was the first to arrive at the training ground and the last to leave. As a team they have re-discovered their self esteem and sense of balance.
Ranieri also warns he has other priorities.
"Balance for me is sacred. I hope that the players who have been out through injury can manage to integrate themselves into the team."
" Snejider? He's working hard. He's had some injuries from old scars, but the way he's training you can see his great desire."
Which means Tevez's reputation as a high maintenance personality could prove to be a major drag on a team rediscovering its groove after a long time. Personally, Tevez would be better off at PSG where the rich owners can indulge his abrupt departures, mood swings, and his crooked agent and his myriad demands.