Manchester City are considering petitioning Uefa for extra leeway on meeting the governing body's Financial Fair Play regulations should they be forced to sell Carlos Tevez at a discounted price in the January transfer window.
Tevez will be informed in midweek of the sanctions imposed by City for failing to follow Roberto Mancini's instructions in a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich earlier this month, as well as a series of other misconduct charges.
City expect Tevez to appeal the outcome of the club's internal inquiry and then take his case to the Premier League, but insist that Mancini will be allowed to deal with the forward as he likes in matters of team selection and training.
A January transfer remains the most likely outcome with City accepting that they will have to accommodate a significant deduction on the £40 million (Dh234,416m) they were prepared to sell Tevez for two months ago.
Accepting a heavy loss on their highest-paid player would further complicate City's attempt to meet Uefa's new regulations, which require all clubs involved in European competition to present close to break-even figures across most forms of spending. City hope Uefa will be sympathetic to their plight over Tevez, who has a history of forcing exits from already lucrative contracts.
Tevez will not be considered for selection for Sunday afternoon's Manchester derby. Mancini, who recently offered the Argentine a route back into his playing squad if he apologised to teammates for his actions in Munich, on Saturday compared Tevez's stance unfavourably with Wayne Rooney.
The Manchester United forward requested a move last season before agreeing a new contract and making a formal apology to the club's supporters.
"If you want to be a good team for a long time you should have players that have respect for the club and for the manager and the supporters," said Mancini. "Also if you have a good player, in general, you need to have a player that can accept to be on the bench.
"I don't think Rooney ever wanted to leave. He lives very well here, his life is here, his family is here, United have a top squad. He accepts everything the manager says because he knows the manager wants to do the best for the team. And if sometime a player has to stay on the bench to recover, that's good because the year is very long. There are a lot of games."
Though Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Mancini for his handling of Tevez ahead of the derby, the Italian's "autocratic" style of management was criticised by his predecessor at City on Saturday.
Mark Hughes, who is represented by Kia Joorabchian, the same unlicensed agent as Tevez, said: "He comes across as autocratic. It's either his way or the highway. I'm not sure he indulges players, tries to get to know or understand them. I'm not sure he's that type of manager. Managing like that in the modern age with modern footballers is more difficult.
"To be an absolute autocrat and not be flexible in terms of how it's going to be done and not understand your decisions can impact on players is difficult, because they do. If you manage like that, there are going to be clashes.
"I never saw him [Tevez] volatile. I cannot think of an incident with Carlos. It would never have happened under my watch."
Hughes, who was dismissed as City manager in 2009, has been out of football management since following Joorabchian's advice to enforce a release clause in his contract with Fulham last summer.