MANCHESTER CITY are willing to let Sergio Aguero leave this summer if they fail to overturn their European ban.
City insist they will keep their brilliant squad together as much as possible even if they are forced to serve Uefa’s two-year suspension.
But SunSport understands an exception would be made in the case of Aguero should the striker, 31, indicate he wants to leave the Etihad.
Aguero is contracted to City until the end of next season — but is aware that he is approaching the latter stages of his career at the highest level.
The talismanic forward is not thought to especially want to leave Manchester.
But the prospect of missing out on Champions League football for two years means he might never play in the competition again.
If he signed a new contract with City — and if the ban were upheld — the Argentinian would be 34 by the time the club are able to compete in Europe again.
City are understood to be sympathetic to Aguero’s particular situation even though they believe the majority of the squad will stick together.
They are grateful for the nine years of exceptional service and would find it hard to turn him down if he asked to leave in search of Champions League football.
During his career with City he has scored 180 goals in 260 games, helping them win four Premier League titles — starting with that iconic “Agueroooo” moment in 2012.
And with that kind of service, there is a mutual relationship of trust and respect with City — and the club do not want that to sour at the end.