Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will not be shocked if a bid for Sergio Aguero from Real Madrid comes along in the January transfer window.
The Spanish giants have been hit a by atransfer by FIFA alongside city rivals, Atletico, and it is expected that the new development will force Real Madrid to dash into the transfer market.
Real have continued to be linked with the Argentina striker and the recent embargo for breaching regulations relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18 could force the hand of the Spanish club.
“I don't talk about these things, but we never know what might happen," Pellegrini said at his Friday's press conference.
"It will not be easy for these clubs (Real) and they want to buy the top players. But we are just thinking about this moment and what we need to do."
Pellegrini admits City are still not as attractive as Real Madrid when it comes to player acquisition.
"We are improving in every department each year.Real Madrid has a long and important story, but we are doing all we can to have the same," the Chilean said.
City, meanwhile, who face Crystal Palace at home on Saturday, on Friday confirmed the signing of Australian midfielder Anthony Caceres from Central Coast Mariners.
City will still be without injured stars Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala.
“The injuries are exactly the same as the last game, we are without Fernandinho, Mangala, Bony, Vincent, Nasri, Patrick Roberts,” the City boss said.
“Probably one or two of the players will be fit next week.
Pellegrini further confirmed that Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho will be in the squad for the visit of Crystal Palace.
“Kelechi is in the squad list – we’ll see tomorrow the starting XI. He’s a young player who is working every day with the team. When young players have the option to play games they have to take their chances and every time Kelechi has done that and played very well.
“It’s important for him to work every day with important players. I especially think he will be an important player.”Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN