Aleksandar Kolarov has dropped a heavy hint that he would be happy to follow Carlos Tevez in taking a pay cut and swapping Manchester City for Juventus.
As the Argentina striker completed his transfer to Turin for around £10m before add-ons, the Serbia left-back revealed his frustration at frequently finding himself deputising for Gaël Clichy at the Etihad Stadium.
"I am happy at City but I want to play regularly, as I said to Roberto Mancini," said Kolarov, who does not appear to have been swayed by Manuel Pellegrini replacing Mancini as manager. "I'm in contact with my agent and soon we will understand what will happen. Money is not everything in life and I have no problem in revising my salary. Simply I want a place in the starting line-up."
Juventus want to take the 27-year-old on loan but City are reluctant to sanction a deal on terms which would leave them without a transfer fee but still needing to recruit cover for Clichy.
Tevez used the occasion of his presentation as a Juventus player on Thursday to cool fears that his relationship with the Italian club's sometimes volatile coach, Antonio Conte, could prove as tempestuous as that with Mancini. Asked how he would respond to Conte, Tevez replied: "With one word – respect."
Tevez has been given the No10 shirt by the Serie A champions. Worn variously by Michel Platini, Liam Brady and Roberto Baggio during their Juventus careers, it has been "rested" since Alessandro Del Piero left Turin last summer.
"I'm absolutely aware of the great effort Juventus Football Club has made to bring me here," said Tevez, who said he had asked to leave City. "I feel the responsibility of wearing this number and I am aware of the great responsibility of representing Juventus and playing for the club, so this number is certainly a great challenge."
The 29-year-old has signed a three-year contract, concluding four seasons at City which were preceded by stints with West Ham and Manchester United. "I spoke to Manuel Pellegrini as soon as he arrived at City," said Tevez. "I told him I considered my time at the club to be over. He said that was fine by him and there weren't any problems in allowing me to leave. I would like to thank City and all their fans for the four years we spent together."
The Argentinian is, however, expected back in England over the coming months to complete a 250-hour community service order imposed in April for driving offences.
Pellegrini must now consider not only how to replace Tevez but an alternative to Isco, the Spain Under-21 playmaker who joined Real Madrid for around £23m on a five-year contract from the City manager's old club, Málaga,on Thursday.
The 21-year-old had been the subject of something of a tug-of-war between Real and City but the installation of Carlo Ancelotti as José Mourinho's successor in Madrid expedited the transfer to Real.