Real Madrid have been restored as favourites to sign wantaway Manchester City star Carlos Tevez.
And if Jose Mourinho succeeds in landing the Blues skipper, it would clear the way for Sergio Aguero to come to Eastlands.
Mourinho made it clear on Wednesday he is still in the market for a striker, and it is not thought he will be satisfied with another City man, Emmanuel Adebayor.
And if he gets Tevez, that would place City in the driving seat to push for Aguero, who is keeping City's top scorer out of the Argentina team.
City firmly rebuffed Corinthians' £35million bid for Tevez, the only offer the Blues have receieved, amid doubts the Brazilians could raise the money.
Corinthians say they are unlikely to make a second bid and City are not desperate to offload a player who has scored 52 goals in two seasons.
Aguero on Wednesday reiterated his desire to leave Atletico Madrid, although he wants to move across the city to Real.
That is being resisted by his club, for political reasons and they feel they will get a better price from City, with the asking price being the £38m release clause in his contract.