Manchester City have reportedly drawn up a three-man shortlist of strikers, as the club looks to prepare for life after Sergio Aguero.
The Telegraph have claimed Pep Guardiola is looking at long-term successors for the Argentine club legend, who is out of contract at the end of 2020/21.
It is not out of the question he could extend, but Guardiola is keen to add a new attacker regardless.
Apparently Darwin Nunez is on the club’s radar, as is Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan, and red-hot Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.
Nunez, 21, is wowing for Benfica in his first season for the club and has eight goals and eight assists in 22 games this season.
Lukaku has flourished over in Italy since leaving Manchester United in 2017 and scored 51 in 73 for the Italian giants.
And Haaland has been a sensation since he came onto the scene with RB Salzburg and is widely tipped to become perhaps the best number nine in world football. He has a remarkable 35 in 35 for Borussia Dortmund.
The time is right
Whether Aguero leaves or not this summer, the time will be right for City to invest in a new striker.
He’ll turn 33 at the end of the season and Guardiola has surely got to bite the bullet.
He’s shoehorned the likes of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne up top when Gabriel Jesus has been unavailable.
He has had success with that sometimes but realisticallly he needs an out-and-out hitman going forwards.
Haaland, whose dad Alf-Inge played for the Blues of course, would perhaps be the best bet given the level he is currently showing at such a young age still.