Real Madrid are considering a summer bid for Sergio Aguero, according to a Spanish newspaper with close ties to the Bernabeu.
Madrid-based newspaper AS claims the Argentine striker, who previously played in Madrid for Atletico, "has not found comfort" at Manchester City, adding that his son still lives in the Spanish capital.
The paper asserts that Aguero "has already flirted with Madrid" and "has always shown his desire to wear the white shirt", even though he used to play for their city rivals.
Speaking at the Bernabeu after City lost 3-2 to Jose Mourinho's team in September, Aguero said: "If Real Madrid had shown interest I would be here. If I am at City it is because Madrid did not show genuine interest in me."
"I would also like to refute the report that I said I would never play for Real Madrid because I have played for Atletico."
Although Aguero scored 30 goals in his first season in England, including the injury-time goal which snatched the Premier League title last May, he had enjoyed a far less successful second year, scoring 13 goals in 31 games.
The player's father-in-law, Diego Maradona, recently told the Daily Mail he would love to see Aguero play for Real, describing him as the "perfect solution" and the ideal foil for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Although City have to reduce their wage bill to comply the new Financial Fair Play regulations, they may be reluctant to sell Aguero, having only recently sold his fellow striker Mario Balotelli.
City currently have only three senior strikers, and this season they have scored 17 fewer league goals than Manchester United, who currently lead the Premier League by 12 points.