Sergio Aguero is keen on moving to Real Madrid at the end of the season, according to reports
According to the Sun, Aguero has realised that there is a possibility that he will not be first choice for Pep Guardiola next season after the arrival of Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras. They claim that he has no intention of sitting on the bench and has decided that he wants to join Real Madrid next season.
They further state that it will take over £60 million to sign the Argentine striker, however, as City are reluctant to sell their player to Champions League rivals and are not under any financial pressure to do so.
Aguero – who joined Manchester City in 2011 from Real’s fierce rivals Atletico Madrid in a £38 million deal – was dropped to the bench after Gabriel Jesus joined up with City’s side in January. But, the Brazilian soon suffered an unfortunate injury and Aguero regained his place in the first team.
He has performed well since then and was on hand to score a brace for the Sky Blues during their thrilling 5-3 victory over Monaco in the UEFA Champions League last week. He is also City’s top scorer with 20 goals in 29 games across all competitions this season.
Despite this, the indication when Jesus was fit was that manager Pep Guardiola clearly preferred the youngster over Aguero and according to the Sun, he is not willing to risk being a bit-part player and has decided to move to Madrid as a result.
Rumours of Aguero’s exit started to surface earlier this month after the striker was dropped from the starting lineup with both Chelsea and Real Madrid said to be monitoring the striker’s situation at the Etihad.
Diego Costa’s future at Chelsea is uncertain beyond this season and the Blues will need an established, world-class striker to lead the line should the Spaniard choose to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Aguero fits the bill, and although he does not offer the physicality that Costa brings to Chelsea he will definitely bring the goals and has shown in the past that he is as mentally strong as his Spanish counterpart.
Real Madrid are also in the market for a new striker, with Karim Benzema’s future at the club uncertain. Benzema has been linked with moves to both Arsenal and Chelsea and has been having a torrid time at the Santiago Bernabeu this season.
Benzema has not been in the best form and has been booed by his own fans on several occasions this term and it looks increasingly like he will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, which explains their interest in Sergio Aguero.
Pep Guardiola has insisted that he wants Aguero to stay but he did admit that even he was unsure if the Argentinian superstar would be at the Etihad next season. Should Aguero decide to move, there will be no shortage of clubs waiting in line to snap him up.