Speculation stemming from the English media on Monday has pointed towards Danny Ings as a potential replacement for Sergio Aguero at Manchester City.
Etihad exit incoming?
Argentine international Aguero has of course endured a testing campaign to date.
Amid a host of fitness issues, the veteran hitman has been restricted to just a handful of Premier League starts.
The latest of these came last weekend, when Aguero was utilised from the off, alongside Gabriel Jesus, in a meeting with Fulham at Craven Cottage.
And the 32-year-old went on to take full advantage of the rare recent opportunity afforded to him, netting from the penalty spot on the hour mark, to bring an end to a lengthy wait for a league goal:
Aguero… Scores! ⚽
His first goal in 14 months in the Premier League 🔙
3 goals in 13 minutes! Just Man City things 😅🔥 pic.twitter.com/ISmUZ3iPrG
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 13, 2021
Whilst Aguero’s readiness to contribute was made evident versus the Cottagers, however, it must be noted that City, in his absence, have not exactly struggled this season.
The Sky Blues are still going strong across no less than four competitions, and look primed to wrestle back the Premier League title from Liverpool over the weeks ahead.
This comes with the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and the aforementioned Jesus having all stepped up in front of goal, in Aguero’s absence.
As such, mounting speculation that the Argentine could be allowed to depart the Etihad in the summer hasn’t come as too much of a surprise.
Aguero’s current terms in Manchester are set to expire come the campaign’s end, with little word having been forthcoming regarding the possibility of a new deal.
If, in the end, Aguero does indeed bring an end to his trophy-laden spell in Manchester, reinforcements will therefore be required.
And, on Monday, an insight into City’s search for a potential replacement for the former Atletico Madrid man has been forthcoming.
As per a report from Sky Sports News, Pep Guardiola and co. have essentially looked into the situations of ‘all of the world’s top centre-forwards’.
From this list, Erling Haaland is unsurprisingly viewed as the ideal addition. However, the Sky Blues are aware that they would face stiff competition for the Norwegian sensation, with Borussia Dortmund also likely to demand a premium sum for their prized asset.
In turn, City have also turned their attentions towards more affordable targets.
And one such option to have come to the fore of late, according to Sky, is Danny Ings.
Southampton man Ings is held in high regard at the Etihad, with the uncertainty surrounding his contract situation (Ings’ current terms are due to expire in 2022) only adding to City’s intrigue.
In turn, if the Premier League champions-in-waiting do opt for a more budget addition up top in the summer, an offer could well be forthcoming for the Saints’ star man.
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This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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