Manchester City have reportedly started searching for Sergio Aguero’s long-term successor ahead of the start of the 2019-20 campaign.
The Citizens are expected to wave goodbye to their club-record scorer in two years’ time when his latest contract expires, as he intends to play for Independiente in his native Argentina.
According to The Metro, Pep Guardiola hopes to bring in a replacement ready for next season and he already has a few options lined up.
Guardiola wants the new striker to learn from Aguero for 12 months before leading the line himself, with Gabriel Jesus being deployed in a slightly deeper position.
The report also indicates that City are happy to let their leading marksman leave on a free in 2020 as a good-will gesture, granted he joins Independiente
The striker felt a problem during the first half of the game but continued into the second, before eventually opting to opt out of the fixture.
Pep Guardiola felt that it was not worth risking Aguero further, with City already 3-0 up at the time.
The game ended that score, with thanks to goals from Leroy Sane, David Silva and Raheem Sterling.
Aguero, 30, is now a doubt for the next week of fixtures, which include Lyon in the Champions League on Tuesday and a trip to Cardiff next week.