Aguero’s future in Manchester is in major doubt as his contract draws close to expiring at the end of the season with identifying his replacement the top priority of the Premier League leaders.
City is known to recruit top talents across the world and their search has included Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.
But with Haaland also wanted by Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, and others, and his market value said to be £100m, Ings has been identified as a more attainable option by the champions-elect.
The 28-year-old center forward has restored himself as an elite scorer in the Premier League since rejoining Southampton permanently from Liverpool in 2019, also forcing his way back into the England fold.
Gareth Southgate included Ings in his plans after the Southampton forward finished as joint-second top scorer last season with 22 goals, only missing out on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers because of injury.
His contract situation at St Mary’s also puts City in a strong position; he is about to enter the final year of his deal and has so far not agreed to sign new terms that have been on offer for some time.
Meanwhile, City has also continued to monitor the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria this season after making inquiries about him last summer.