Sergio Aguero is reportedly set to snub Manchester United amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Sergio Aguero will reject a move to Manchester United in the summer. Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are interested in signing the Manchester City striker when the transfer window reopens in June.
Aguero has been among the most consistent performers in the Premier League ever since he moved to Manchester City from Atletico Madrid in 2011. It’s been nearly six years since he arrived in England, and the Argentina international has been instrumental in all that the Citizens have achieved in the period.
His record is a testament to just how influential Aguero has been for City, as he has scored 167 goals in addition to providing 49 assists in 250 appearances across all competitions. In fact, his scoring rate of 110 minutes per goal is by far the best in the Premier League among those who have scored at least 100 goals.
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2016/17 has been a highly topsy-turvy season for the 28-year-old, though, with the rise of Gabriel Jesus affecting his game time. But, he has still managed 31 goals in 42 matches – a respectable return. However, the presence of Jesus could potentially be bad news for Aguero, who could soon find himself playing second fiddle to the Brazilian.
Thus, there is growing uncertainty around the striker’s future at the Etihad, with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitting to the same as well. With little clarity about his situation at the club, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had reportedly been plotting a shock summer raid for Aguero.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic sustained a long-term knee injury last month and it is likely that he has played his last game for Manchester United. The injury leaves Mourinho with Marcus Rashford as the only recognised option to lead the attack, and the Portuguese was rumoured to be plotting a £55 million bid for Aguero.
However, if the Daily Mail report is anything to go by, Manchester United are set to face disappointment in their pursuit of Aguero. That is because the Argentinian is not interested in making a summer switch to Old Trafford as he does not want to tarnish his reputation with City supporters.
City, themselves, would not have entertained an offer of any sort from Manchester United as they would never sell a player to their direct rivals. Meanwhile, the rejection faced by Manchester United does not mean that Aguero’s future is secure at the Etihad as he has scheduled talks with Guardiola at the end of the season.
If it is deemed that his future does not lie with Manchester City beyond this season, Aguero could well be on his way to either PSG or Real Madrid, with both clubs interested in signing him in the summer.
PSG are considering making a bid for Aguero in the summer transfer window, and with the future of Edinson Cavani at Parc des Princes not being clear, the Argentine would make for a top notch replacement. Even if Cavani ends up staying, the acquisition of Aguero could make PSG’s attack one of the most fearsome ones in Europe.
However, PSG are likely to have Real Madrid for competition in pursuit of Aguero, as Los Blancos have registered an interest in signing him. Karim Benzema looks way past his best, while Alvaro Morata is eager to end his frustrations at Santiago Bernabeu by leaving the club in the summer.
Aguero would be an upgrade on both the players, and it is not hard to see why Real Madrid are keen to land him. At 28, he is also enjoying the best years of his career, and it remains to be seen if either club is able to secure his services in the summer, with Manchester United seemingly resigned to bow out of the race.