Sergio Agüero leaves big shoes behind when he says an emotional goodbye to Manchester City this summer.
The club announced that their all-time leading scorer will be leaving when his contract expires at the end of the season after a decade of success.
The Argentinian will be fondly remembered for his stoppage time goal against QPR, which won City its first Premier League title in 2011 and was snatched away by the deaths of his Manchester rivals.
Sergio Agüero will leave big shoes when he leaves Manchester City this summer
Aguero has since won another 12 trophies and could add more to his roster before leaving with the four-fold one more opportunity.
Aguero will no doubt be missed, but there is little time for City boss Pep Guardiola to be sentimental. Attention now turns to who the manager will try to bring in as the attacker’s replacement.
The club has been linked with several big names, including Erling Haaland and Harry Kane, who could both be looking to move this summer. As City prepares for a life without Aguero, Sportsmail looks at who could be their next goalscorer.
The Argentinian won City their first Premier League trophy with an injury time goal against QPR
The Borussia Dortmund striker will be in demand this summer with a host of European clubs all desperate to sign him.
The Norwegian has scored 33 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions at club level this season, following his 44 in 40 appearances for both Dortmund and RB Salzburg last season.
The 20-year-old is looking forward to a major money move in the near future, and Sportsmail understands he is City’s No. 1 target this summer.
The forward has proven he can be a deadly finisher and would undoubtedly thrive alongside Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan.
Erling Haaland has proven he can be a deadly finisher and is City’s first target this summer
Haaland has a £ 66 million release clause but it won’t become active until the end of next season, meaning he won’t come cheap this year for a club looking to sign him.
He will likely push for a move if Dortmund fail to qualify for the Champions League, but City could face competition from Man United, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
City’s connection with the Haaland family could be beneficial as attacker Alf-Inge’s father played for the club between 2000 and 2003.
Despite scoring 216 goals for Tottenham, Kane has yet to win a trophy nationally.
That would likely change if he made the switch to the Etihad, although he could pick up his first piece of silverware if Spurs beat City in the Carabao Cup final.
The striker has shown a different side to his game this season by dropping deep and linking play, amassing 16 assists across all competitions.
His ability to operate in these types of roles could entice Guardiola, who often decides to play without a natural striker.
Like Haaland, Kane has interest from a large number of European clubs, but that would be an expensive purchase as his contract does not expire until 2024.
The striker is pivotal to Spurs and they would demand a fee of over £ 100 million. They would also be incredibly reluctant to sell to a Premier League rival.
Harry Kane is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League, but has also shown his ability to score goals
The Frenchman is already one of the biggest stars in football and many believe he and Haaland will develop a rivalry similar to that of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 22-year-old has scored 120 goals in 160 games since joining PSG from Monaco in 2018 and has already won nine trophies with the club.
Real Madrid are the favorite to sign him, while Liverpool also have an interest to his name. City are admirers and have reportedly tried to sign him while he was still in Monaco in 2016.
Mbappé is not a forward and can play on the left or right side of a front three, making him a versatile option.
However, reports showed City was put off by Mbappé’s £ 600,000 a week wage demands, which could prove to be a sticking point in the future.
Kylian Mbappé has scored a whopping 120 goals in 160 games since joining PSG in 2018
The Southampton forward came forward as a shock target for City earlier this month, while Guardiola saw him as a ‘viable option’.
Ings has rebuilt his career with the Saints after an injury at Liverpool. He was the second highest goalscorer in the Premier League last season with 22 goals and has eight in 22 appearances this season.
The 28-year-old has yet to sign a new contract with Southampton and will enter the final year of his deal in the summer.
Ings would certainly be a cheaper option than the likes of Haaland or Kane, but his injury could be a cause for concern.
The forward missed two seasons at Liverpool due to knee injuries and then suffered hamstring problems during his loan with the Saints before signing permanently.
He was injury-free throughout the 2019/20 season, but has missed games this season after needing more knee surgeries.
Danny Ings could prove to be a cheaper option as his contract expires in 2022
Manchester City chances next striker
Erling Haaland 7/4
Leo Messi 10/3
Danny Ings 10/3
Harry Kane 7/2
Kylian Mbappe 20/1
* Opportunities courtesy of Betfair
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner looked set to leave Barcelona for City last summer after submitting a transfer request, but the Catalans blocked any possible exit.
Messi will be a free agent if his contract expires at the end of the season and a reunion with Guardiola could be back on the map.
The pair won 14 trophies together before the manager left the Nou Camp in 2013.
Despite Barça going through a turbulent period, Messi has 29 goals and 13 assists in all competitions and has helped the club re-enter the LaLiga title race.
While City is a destination where Messi could end up, PSG is also strongly linked to the forward.
The 33-year-old was still able to decide to stay with Barça after Joan Laporta was re-elected as president of the club, providing some much-needed stability. Laporta has made it clear that he will do everything he can to keep the Argentinian at the club.
Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona and compete with former boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad
The Belgian knows everything about the Premier League after periods with United, Chelsea, Everton and West Brom.
Lukaku would be a real target for City despite playing for their rivals in Manchester, with the club impressed by his form for Inter Milan over the past two years.
His performance has helped the Serie A club top 6 points ahead of rival AC Milan with a game in hand.
The striker has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season, nine less than he managed to score in the previous season.
He is also a proven Premier League scorer with 113 goals during his eight years in England.
Lukaku’s deal expires in 2024, but he will begin new contract talks at the end of the season. The striker will stay with the club on the condition that Antonio Conte remains as manager, but could consider other options should the Italian leave.
Romelu Lukaku has admirers at the Etihad after his impressive goal-scoring form for Inter Milan