Possible swop deal for Aguero
Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini
Jose Mourinho has put Aguero at the top of his summer wish list, and would have been encouraged by the recent spat between the player and City’s boss Roberto Mancini over the Argentine's 'silly' injury.
A furious Mancini has ordered an in-house inquest into how Aguero has been side-lined yet again with foot blisters.
After the weekend slip-up against Sunderland, in which City drew 3-3 to hand the title initiative to Manchester United, Mancini said: “If we'd had Aguero we would have won.”
Mancini was at pains to point out the absence had absolutely nothing to do with suggestions he had been hurt while fooling around with his three-year-old son's mini-motorbike.
For the second successive game Aguero was ruled out because an anaesthetic freeze spray, applied after a knock against Chelsea 11 days prior, had caused his foot to swell and blister badly.
“It is a stupid injury, but not his fault. I am really disappointed with what has happened to him.
“It's impossible that we can lose a player to a stupid situation like this,” said Mancini.
Aguero only moved to the Etihad last summer from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth £38m and for the most part has been a success, scoring 17 times in the Premier League, including two on debut against Swansea.
Higuain has also enjoyed an impressive goal return this term, but remains behind Frenchman Karim Benzema in the pecking order at Madrid.
The striker, who is an international teammate of Aguero, has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea as well as clubs in Italy, including Juventus.
Madrid-based newspaper AS claim Aguero, the son-in-law of legendary forward Diego Maradona, has already discussed a potential move back to the Spanish capital with teammates, and that there is a growing feeling a move will materialise this summer.
The report adds that a strong relationship between Real and City's owners - Florentino Perez and Sheikh Mansour - enhances the chances of a deal going through, while Mancini falters on his own prime target, Arsenal's Robin van Persie.
The Italian has made no secret of his admiration for the Dutchman - who is the Premier League's leading marksman - but has been met with resistance from Arsenal and the player's family.
Mancini, meanwhile, will listen to offers for Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez.