With the now confirmed news that Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City at the end of the current season, the club’s focus will shift to the all important, and extremely difficult task of replacing their all-time leading scorer.
Reports from journalist Veronica Brunati suggest that three names will head up the target list of strikers for the Etihad hierarchy over the course of the coming months.
Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland, Tottenham's Harry Kane, and Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku are the names on the shortlist for the Premier League club ahead of the summer window.
Brunati goes on to reveal that there is now 'no chance' that Lionel Messi can be signed by Manchester City - with Sergio Aguero’s confirmed departure being the likely catalyst for the news.
While Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane both have hefty price tags for players over the age of 26, Manchester City could look to bring in a younger, and presumably more long-term solution.
According to The Telegraph’s James Ducker, the club are now 'eager' to make Erling Haaland that man, even if the club face strong competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and city rivals Manchester United for the Norwegian’s signature.
Recent reports have suggested that Haaland could cost upwards €150 million and €180 million - which would smash Manchester City’s previous transfer record set at £64 million through the purchase of Ruben Dias last summer.
However, one must think that the Etihad hierarchy would see the reported fees surrounding Borussia Dortmund's in-demand forward man as ‘chump change’ for a 20 year-old player who is tagged as the next world superstar.
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