After years of being linked with the player, La Liga legends Real Madrid believe the time is now ripe to launch a move for Manchester City’s enigmatic centre-forward and Argentine international Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero.
The 28-year-old Aguero has seen his playing time dwindle this season under new manager Pep Guardiola. Indeed, the striker has only started in 14 league games for City so far, although he has still managed to bag 11 goals during that time.
With his status as a guaranteed starter in the first team no longer assured, Aguero is understandably not happy with his situation at the Etihad Stadium and is believed to be considering his stay at the blue side of Manchester.
Real Madrid, for their part, have acted swiftly like sharks smelling blood. According to the Daily Mirror, it appears that Los Blancos have placed themselves in pole position to sign the forward in the summer, as they look to offload Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata, both of whom play as a striker.
Guardiola has maintained he has no intention of selling Aguero to the Spanish giants, but he may not be able to shield Aguero from the lure of playing for one of the most iconic clubs, if not the most iconic club, in Europe.
Regardless, City must do everything in their power to keep Aguero in their roster. The 28-year-old has been a phenomenal servant for the club and he still has the talent and the lethal touch to remain at the club in top form for a few more seasons. Aguero is quick on his feet and is superbly clinical in front of goal – attributes Guardiola will surely want to have in his team.
Of course, Aguero is already 28 years old, which for some may be the most opportune time to cash in on a particular player, but if City are to realise their goal of being a top European outfit, then they should ignore the prospects of profits and focus on long-term stability. Aguero is already a club favourite as it is. City should be keen in ensuring they keep their best players to make a statement that despite their unglamourous history, they now have what it takes to be called “world-class”.
Aguero’s contract with Manchester City is set to expire in the summer of 2019.