Pep Guardiola will sit down with the Manchester City board on Wednesday to discuss making a renewed bid for Alexis Sanchez.
Club chiefs had let it be known before Christmas that it was their intention to sign the Arsenal forward on a free transfer next summer, rather than part with a £25m fee this month.
The knee injury suffered by Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus at Crystal Palace on Sunday, which is set to keep him out for up to two months, has now moved the goalposts as far as Guardiola is concerned.
The City boss has quickly made it clear he now needs Sanchez on board and a final decision will be made when he sits down with the club's directors in the next 24 hours.
It seems likely Guardiola will get his way to ensure his forward line remains primed, although it could also mean funds for two requested defensive reinforcements are now tweaked.
City know Arsenal now hold a whip hand in light of the injury to Jesus and club insiders expect things to be moved on quickly if the money men give the green light.
Sanchez saw a £60m summer move to the Etihad collapse on the final day of the summer transfer window but he still has set his heart on making the switch to Manchester and picking up wages of £290,000 per week.