Sergio Aguero is faced with an uncertain future at Manchester City despite being on the verge of becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.
The Argentine has scored seven times in eight appearances for the Sky Blues this season to put him just one short of Eric Brook’s 177-goal record.
But, currently sidelined after breaking a rib in a car accident in Amsterdam at the end of last month, Aguero could be waiting a while longer to claim the accolade.
City have continued cruising without their influential striker, picking up a valuable 1-0 win over Premier League rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out.
The 29-year-old will likely resume his deadly partnership with Gabriel Jesus when fit to return, but his status at the Etihad is hardly untouchable given Pep Guardiola’s imminent transfer plans.
City remain desperate to get their hands on Alexis Sanchez after missing out on the Arsenal talisman during the summer window.
Arsene Wenger managed to stave off their pursuit and keep the Chilean for the final year of his contract, though his efforts could be made redundant in the coming months.
According to the Daily Mail, City are prepared to table a £20 million January bid for the man Guardiola has long considered the perfect addition to his rampant forward line.
Sanchez is due to be available for free in roughly eight months’ time, but such is the vehemence of City’s interest in his services.
But how would this potential deal impact Aguero?
While Guardiola is believed to be open to selling the former Atletico Madrid striker, gifting him to a domestic rival is surely out of the question.
Luckily, a suitor from outside the Premier League has already emerged as a potential destination.
AC Milan are monitoring the situation in the blue half of Manchester with a view to completing a winter swoop for Aguero should Sanchez come the opposite way.
On paper, it has the makings of a perfect deal for City with the Sun claiming Milan are willing to offer £80 million for a player deemed surplus to requirements.
Although Aguero would be cup-tied in the Champions League, he may relish the opportunity to reinstate himself as a key figure at an iconic club.