Manchester City’s modern history has been littered with a number of superstar talents, though perhaps few have had a greater impact on the club’s rise to prominence than Sergio Aguero.
Aguero arrived at the club from Atletico Madrid almost a decade ago as City were beginning to upset the Premier League’s status quo, their billionaire backing sparking an influx of talent as the blue half of Manchester sought to escape the shadow of their dominant cross-town rivals.
For all the millions invested at the Etihad, the £35m fee paid for Aguero ranks amongst their best pieces of business, the forward scoring the stoppage-time goal that delivered a first Premier League title in 2012 and continuing to score with almost unmatched regularity.
Aguero is the highest scoring foreign player in the history of the Premier League, whilst his 255 goals in all competitions for Manchester City are comfortably the most in club history.
The 32-year-old has entered the final months of his contract at the Etihad, however, and this could well be the last Premier League season for one of the division’s all-time greats.
Replacing their record goalscorer will be an unenviable task for Pep Guardiola and his recruitment team. So for those of you who like the follows the odds on the best betting sites like silentbet.com, we’ve decided to look at five players who could potentially replace the Argentine.
Arguably the dream signing for Manchester City or any leading side seeking a number nine, Erling Haaland may just be the best young player in world football right now.
Haaland burst onto the scene last season with Red Bull Salzburg and scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for the Austrian side, exploding onto the European stage to earn a winter window move to Borussia Dortmund.
The Norwegian scored a hat-trick as a substitute on his debut for the Bundesliga side and has failed to stop scoring since, smashing home a phenomenal 33 goals in just 32 appearances to be named as the 2020 Golden Boy.
Haaland has incredibly scored a staggering 62 goals in 59 appearances since the start of last season, in addition to six goals in seven caps for the Norway national side.
No player in history has ever scored 15 Champions League goals in quicker fashion, with Haaland seemingly set to shatter all forms of goalscoring landmarks.
Haaland is lightening quick and possesses a hulking frame that looks tailor-made for the demands of English football, whilst he has links to City with father, Alf-Inge, having spent three seasons with the club as a player.
The 20-year-old has previously left the door open for a Premier League move but is developing nicely at present in Germany, a queue of world football’s superpowers likely to be at his door should he decide to leave the Westfalenstadion.
Lautaro Martinez is another player firmly on the radar of Europe’s leading clubs, with Barcelona having been strongly linked with a move for the Argentine who has earned comparisons to Aguero.
Martinez has been labelled as a complete talent and is viewed by many as the successor to Aguero for the Argentina national side, an explosive forward who presses intently and seems perfectly suited to the demands of spearheading a Pep Guardiola attack.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a superb second season with Inter Milan during the 2019/20 campaign, scoring 21 goals in all competitions and forming a fine understanding with Romelu Lukaku at the San Siro.
Lionel Messi has hailed his compatriot as ‘spectacular’ and Martinez is a player willing to fight opposition defenders, capable of occupying a whole backline with his tenacity and movement into dangerous areas.
There are undoubtedly plenty of similarities between the star and a player he could potentially replace for both club and country in Aguero, though it will likely take a huge offer to prize the forward away from the Nerazzurri.
Maxi Gomez is a player who has routinely been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent seasons, with Chelsea, Everton and most notably West Ham amongst the clubs to have reportedly monitored his progress – the latter having seen an offer accepted before his move to Valencia in 2019.
It’s interesting that Gomez remained with the Spanish side this summer despite a fire-sale of talent at the Mestalla, having impressed during his debut campaign with the club despite featuring as the focal point of a dysfunctional side.
Gomez scored 10 league goals and has already netted three times in five appearances this time around, the Uruguay international a robust centre-forward with a powerful frame suited to the physical demands of the Premier League.
The forward is expected to replace Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani as the spearhead of the national side in the coming years, and has scored 43 goals in 109 appearances since moving to Spanish football as a youngster.
Gomez would represent a different type of option to City’s current forwards with his ability in the air a major asset of his game, and he represents an attainable target should Guardiola seek to add variation to his attacking options alongside Gabriel Jesus.
Wolves have been linked of late as they seek cover for the injured Raul Jimenez.
Luka Jovic was amongst the most coveted forwards on the continent just a little over a year ago, bursting onto the scene at Eintracht Frankfurt to earn a mega-money move to Real Madrid.
The Serbian international scored 27 goals in all competitions during the 2019/20 season, with the Spanish giants convinced Jovic was the player who could lead their attack for the next decade.
Jovic is capable of scoring all manner of goals and the statistics back up his complete skill set, his 25 goals scored in the Bundesliga coming from 10 with his right foot, 10 with his left and five headers.
The 22-year-old has struggled for minutes since making the move to the Bernabeu and managed just two league goals last season, with a talented player perhaps needing a fresh start amid the current uncertainty in the Spanish capital.
Jovic’s signing would certainly represent a gamble given his toils with Los Blancos, but if the youngster can rediscover the form he showed at Frankfurt he may just be a viable option in City’s search for a new forward.
Could the prospect of silverware entice Harry Kane away from Tottenham?
Kane’s affection for his boyhood side is well-known and he remains the key figure in the north London side’s hopes of challenging for major honours, though silverware has so far proven elusive for the England captain with Spurs having failed to win a trophy since the League Cup over a decade ago.
That victory is the club’s only silverware success this century and Kane may feel that time is running out for him to win the game’s biggest prizes if Spurs cannot mount a challenge this season, the forward set to turn 28 next summer and at the peak of his powers.
Kane has scored a phenomenal 201 goals in 302 appearances for Spurs and is now just seven goals short from becoming their second-highest scorer of all-time, though the prospect of playing under Pep Guardiola and receiving service from the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling is likely to appeal.
Guardiola has made no secret of his admiration for the player who has taken his game to new heights this season, the two-time Golden Boot winner having provided 18 goal contributions in just 10 fixtures – leading the league for assists with ten.
Kane would be the perfect player for the Manchester City attack to be built around and guarantees goals, though any deal would likely eclipse the British transfer-record to take the forward to the Etihad.
Spurs have shown significant progress under Jose Mourinho this season and currently sit top of the Premier League, their fortunes this season perhaps crucial in persuading Kane his future remains in north London.