Chelsea are being linked with a move for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.
City remain defiant that Aguero will not leave this summer but numerous reports suggest the Blues will test the resolve of their likely title rivals next season.
Antonio Conte is on the lookout for a new striker following the confirmation that Diego Costa will not travel on the club’s pre-season tour of China due to ongoing talks over a move back to Atletico Madrid.
And Aguero’s name is one of two to crop up over the past week, with Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the other name to feature regularly in the gossip column.
There have been doubts over whether or not Aguero fits into Pep Guardiola’s plans at City and the arrival of Gabriel Jesus and pursuit of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has led to question marks over the future of the Argentinian.
“One thing is that the club officially says (they want me here) and another thing to tell me,” he said in an interview with Onda Cero back in March.
“All I have to dedicate to is playing football. There are three months left – the only thing I think is to give the best in these three months and then you will see.
“My intention is to stay. The club can say what it wants, but in June they will have to meet with me.
“I’m not thinking about Real Madrid or anywhere.
“I am focused on City. I do not want to think about what will happen to my future.
“I hope that in June we can achieve some titles, which is the most important thing, and then we will see.
“That will be seen in June.
“My intention is to stay, but there’s a long way to go.
“I have three months to give my best and as I always said in June, it will be seen.”
That interview arrived off the back of another he gave to assembled reporters in the wake of watching Jesus score twice in a 2-1 win over Swansea City back in February.
Aguero had been left on the bench for two consecutive matches, with Jesus taking his tally to three goals in three starts in his absence.
“I want to stay, of course,” he said.
“In these [next] three months I have to help the club and then they will decide if I have a place here or not.
“In three years my contract is up. That’s why I say I’m happy at the club.
“When you’re on the bench you have to wait for your opportunity. I have three months to do my best and try to help the team. Then we’ll see what happens with my future.”