Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes Carlos Tevez could stay at the club beyond the transfer window - because nobody else wants him.
The want-away striker was thought to be interesting Inter Milan but, with time ticking away, nobody has made contact with the Blues.
"It is two weeks until the end of the market," said Mancini.
"I don't know if he will stay but, at the moment, there isn't a team who want to take him."
The Argentina international wants to leave Eastlands and a transfer to former club Corinthians fell through at the last minute in July.
City want around £40m for the 27-year-old and, with his wage demands, there are few clubs in the world who could finance a move.
"I think it is difficult for him to leave," said Mancini. "I would be happy if he stays."
Tevez, who is contracted to City until 2014, has been a key player for the club since arriving from neighbours Manchester United in 2009.
He helped Mancini's side to FA Cup success and Champions League qualification in the 2010-2011 campaign. He has scored 43 Premier League goals in his two seasons at City - the highest total of any player in the top division.
Mancini, meanwhile, has indicated Tevez will not be involved in Monday's Premier League opener with Swansea, while fellow countryman Sergio Aguero is only likely to be on the bench as he is also lacking match sharpness.
"Sergio is not ready to play 90 minutes," added the City manager.