Written by Billy Munday
Following the £27m transfer of Gabriel Jesus to Manchester City from Palmeiras in Brazil, Sergio Aguero’s future at Manchester City has been cast into doubt. The Argentine has been dropped for Jesus in City’s last two games against West Ham and Swansea, in which Jesus scored 3 times in Aguero’s place as City’s striker. So how does Aguero, one of the Premier League’s greatest strikers, cope with seemingly second fiddle to a superstar in the making?
Stay and Fight:
Aguero has been City’s main striker since his arrival back in 2011, scoring the goal that won Manchester City’s first title in 44 years against QPR in 2012. Aguero scored 17 goals as City won the title two years later at the expense of a devastated Liverpool. In his 5 and a half years at the club, Aguero has fended off competition from Stefan Jovetic, Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli, Alvaro Negredo and Wilfried Bony among others, cementing himself an almost guaranteed starting place in the Manchester City team, often being considered as City’s most valuable player. However it seems as if Gabriel Jesus is an extremely special player in the making but he is not there yet, Aguero, being the senior figure in the Manchester City strike force, will be needed if Jesus’s form drops or it gets tight in the latter stages of the Champions League, rumour has it that Aguero is keen to stay but Manchester City may be inclined to cash in.
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Move to Spain:
Barcelona and Real Madrid have been keen on Aguero in the past, Real Madrid looking a more likely destination for the Argentine as he would have to get past Barcelona’s Luis Suarez to get into the starting 11 at the Nou Camp. Real’s Karim Benzema has no doubt been a great striker for Los Blancos over the years, but his injury record and Florentino Perez’s lust for big names could see Real Madrid come in for an out-of-favour Aguero.
On the other hand, these two giants of Spanish football aren’t in desperate need of firepower at the moment, it is Aguero’s old side Atletico Madrid who could need to strengthen their attacking department is Antoine Griezmann leaves this summer as many think he will. Aguero scored 74 goals in 175 games for Atletico before making the switch to the Premier League and the prolific goal scorer could follow Fernando Torres’s example and rejoin his old side.
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Move to PSG:
Since Swedish hitman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left Paris for Manchester last summer, PSG haven’t looked the same, currently sitting in 2nd in Ligue 1 behind Monaco. Aguero, who could join fellow Argentinians Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore in the French capital. Aguero would most certainly replace Uruguayan Edison Cavani as PSG’s main striker, with the current front-man dividing opinion between fans due to his inconsistency, while many seek an upgrade to take them to the Champions League.
Move to China:
No I don’t understand why he would either, at the age of 28, Aguero should be at the peak of his powers, so a move to China would be unthinkable… but money talks. Aguero could join many other South Americans such as Carlos Tevez, Oscar and Hulk in making a move to the money-inflated Chinese Super League. A move to China would surely make him the highest paid player in world football as Aguero is still one of the best strikers on the planet. But a move to China would surely end his footballing career, even if it boosts his pay packet.
Sergio Aguero is understandably keen to stay at Manchester City for the foreseeable future but he could consider a move to help him get into the Argentine international team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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