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Man City looked at former Man Utd star Romelu Lukaku as potential Sergio Aguero successor

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Sergrio Aguero could leave Manchester City at the end of the season
Sergrio Aguero could leave Manchester City at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola’s transfer priority will centre on finding a long-term successor for Sergio Aguero after the Manchester City boss committed his future to the club by signing a new two-year contract earlier this week.

The uncertainty over Guardiola’s future had threatened to undermine City’s hopes of avoiding a second successive season without major silverware, but the 49-year-old’s decision to remain at the Etihad until 2022 is likely to galvanise the club after a mixed start to the new campaign.

City started the weekend in tenth place ahead of Saturday’s trip to high-flying Tottenham but were hoping to count on the services of Aguero who has managed just three appearances so far this season.

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Whether Guardiola will be able to count on City’s all-time record goalscorer beyond next summer remains to be seen.

The 32-year-old will likely be afforded the luxury of determining his own future and although he could yet sign a contract extension, the club he has served with such distinction for nine years will press ahead with plans to sign a new striker, regardless.

Inter valued Romelu Lukaku at £93.75million last summer
Inter valued Romelu Lukaku at £93.75million last summer (Picture: Getty)

Doubts persist over Guardiola’s faith in Gabriel Jesus, while Liam Delap, who made his Premier League debut back in September, does not turn 18 until February.

According to the Daily Telegraph, City looked at the possibility of signing Romelu Lukaku from Inter last summer. The Belgium international bounced back from an acrimonious end to his Manchester United career by scoring 34 goals in all competitions last season.

Inter, however, are said to have demanded a staggering £93.75million for a player who cost them £74m just 12 months earlier and forced City to drop their interest.

Rather than delve into the January market, City are likely to keep their powder dry until the summer and have targeted Benfica youngster Darwin Nunez, 21, who has been likened to his compatriot Edinson Cavani.

City are also monitoring Lionel Messi’s contract situation at Barcelona, but Guardiola again reiterated his desire to see his former talisman see out his career with the Catalan giants.

Signing a new left-back also represents a priority for Guardiola with Benjamin Mendy out of favour and Oleksandr Zinchenko restricted to just two appearances in the Champions League so far this season.

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