Real Madrid still have Sergio Aguero at the top of their shopping list despite the player's renewed insistence that he is happy in England.
The Observer are reporting that Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti made an inquiry about the Argentine's availability over the summer before launching the eventually successful world record bid for Gareth Bale from Tottenham.
The Spanish giants were also unsuccessful in trying to lure other targets, including Aguero, before settling for Bale.
Deals couldn't be agreed for Radamel Falcao who moved to cash-rich AS Monaco from rivals city rivals Athletico and Brazilian wonder-kid Neymar who moved to even fiercer rivals Barcelona from Santos.
The arrival of Bale, while spectacular, wasn't what Ancelotti primarily needed. The sale of Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli has left misfiring Karim Benzema as the only world-recognised striker at the Bernabeu.
'Los Blancos' are long-term admirers of Aguero and have tried in vain to lure him away from the Etihad Stadium in the past.
The 25-year-old has been a revelation in the Premier League following a £38 million transfer from Athletico Madrid in 2011.
The 46 cap international has notched 52 goals in 96 appearances in all competitions during his time in Manchester.
His crowning moment came on the last day of his maiden-season when, deep into stoppage time, he scored the goal that won Manchester City their first Premier League title to cue mass celebrations.
Therefore Aguero is fond of England and reiterated his desire to stay: "I'm very happy at City, very happy since the day I came," he said. "I knew that the project was good and in my head there is nothing else but Manchester City, so how long I'm going to be at City is just never a question.
"I'm happy here, my family's here when they come to England, all I can do is give everything I have for the club and concentrate on achieving for the club. We are improving every year the team, the club, the club is growing, we are working in the same direction to get the club as high as possible. Some years are better than others, but it's a much better club, a much better team than it was four or five years ago, so we just have to go [continue] in the same way."
After losing the title to Manchester United last season, the Citizens are currently third this time around.
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