Manchester City has lifted its European suspension after two years.
Now the club has entered the race for Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan as a possible transfer target.
With the ruling also encouraging them to press ahead with their summer transfer plans, Pep Guardiola’s side was cleared to play in the Champions League next season, after a strong appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
This season City surrendered the Premier League title to Liverpool, after that the club is set to undergo a significant squad overhaul, as key players such as David Silva, Sergio Aguero, and Fernandinho arrive at the Etihad Stadium towards the end of their careers.
As a long-term replacement for fellow Argentina international Aguero, Martinez may be a part of the redesign, indicates The Daily Mail.
The president of the Spanish champions Josep Maria Bartomeu announced this week that the transfer of the 22-year-old to Barcelona is on hold at present.
Allegedly Barca failed to reach the asking price of Inter, with Series A giants refusing to negotiate anything less than its £98.8 m release clause and efforts to strike a player-plus-cash offer so far proving unsuccessful.
In all this season’s competitions, Martinez has scored 18 goals and created 6 more in 39 appearances.