Carlos Tevez travelled to Italy on Wednesday for a medical with Juventus as he prepares for a transfer that means Edin Dzeko is set to stay at Manchester City.
The FA Cup finalists have agreed a €9 million fee with the Serie A winners for Tevez, who arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2009 from Manchester United.
City could receive a further €6 million, depending upon add-ons, for their former captain and are very confident they will get at least €3 million of that, a source has told ESPN.
Tevez’s move to Turin could be completed by Thursday or Friday, assuming he passes his medical and agrees personal terms with Juventus.
But his departure will mean City are down to just two senior strikers in Sergio Aguero, who recently signed a new contract, and Dzeko.
The Bosnia international, who was unhappy about starting a number of games on the bench last season, has been unsettled and appeared to be a target for Borussia Dortmund, who are likely to need a replacement for the unsettled Robert Lewandowski. However, new City manager Manuel Pellegrini has decided that he wants to keep Dzeko at the Etihad Stadium.
The 2012 Premier League champions, who sold another forward - Mario Balotelli - in January, are now embarking on a search to bolster their frontline.
It is understood, though, that they will not renew their interest in Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, who was identified by former manager Roberto Mancini, but who has a prohibitive €63 million buyout clause, and who is also a target for Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was another forward Mancini admired, but Pellegrini will not move for the Uruguay international.
City have also admitted defeat in their bid to persuade Spanish playmaker Isco to follow Pellegrini from Malaga to Manchester after accepting that the 21-year-old would rather join Madrid.
However, they are pleased to have secured their top summer transfer targets in midfielder Fernandinho, from Shakhtar Donetsk, and winger Jesus Navas, from Sevilla.