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Manchester City 'view Lautaro Martinez as ideal Sergio Aguero successor'

Manchester City identify Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez as the ideal long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, according to a report.

Manchester City have reportedly identified Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez as the ideal long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero.

Martinez continues to be linked with a move away from Inter, and Barcelona are regarded by many as the favourites to secure the Argentine's signature during this summer's transfer window.

The Spanish champions are thought to have already agreed personal terms with the South American, although Real Madrid have also recently been credited with an interest.

Tuttosport now claim that City have entered the race for the 22-year-old as they attempt to secure a successor for Aguero, who will be out of contract at the Etihad Stadium next summer.

Martinez has been in impressive form for Antonio Conte's side during the 2019-20 campaign, finding the back of the net on 16 occasions in 31 appearances, including five Champions League goals.

City, though, will allegedly have to overturn their two-year European suspension if they are to win the race for his signature during this summer's transfer window.

The striker is believed to have a release clause of €111m (£100.6m) in his current deal at San Siro.

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Wednesday's key events


ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

CYCLING
· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

DIVING
· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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