Manchester City have not ruled out the possibility of extending Sergio Aguero's stay with the club for another 12 months, taking him through to 2022, despite currently being sidelined through injury.
The club's all-time top scorer hasn't featured since the 5-0 thumping of Burnley in June, suffering a knee injury that required surgery and has ruled him out of the Cityzens' Champions League semi-final second leg with Real Madrid on 7 August.
Aguero has been hit with a string of injuries throughout his time at the Etihad Stadium, but his importance to the side remains unquestionable - scoring over 23 goals in all but one of his nine seasons with the club.
His current deal expires at the end of the 2020/21 season and it was widely expected that upon the completion of his contract he would return to his native Argentina and sign with boyhood club Independiente.
Pep Guardiola will continue to keep an eye out for a new striker in the coming transfer window, but as Aguero shows no signs of letting up his immense scoring rates, despite being 32 years old, the prospect of keeping hold of him becomes a more likely outcome.
Gabriel Jesus has filled in in Aguero's absence, grabbing his 20th goal in all competitions during the recent 5-0 drubbing of Brighton. The Brazilian is on course to have his finest goalscoring season to date, sitting just one shy of matching his overall tally for the previous campaign.
There are still some concerns over whether Jesus can be the long-term successor to Aguero's throne however, with Guardiola yet to be 'convinced' he has what it takes.
Source : 90min