Real Madrid are reportedly ready to test Manchester City’s resolve to keep Sergio Aguero. It follows recent rumours that Brazilian teenager Gabriel Jesus is already seen as ‘the future’ in Manchester, with Aguero relegated to the bench for this week’s clash with West Ham.
According to the Daily Mirror, Real could view the circumstances as their opportunity to turn long-standing interest and admiration of Aguero into something more substantial.
It has been reported in the Spanish media in recent weeks that both Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata may move on from the Bernabeu at the end of the season, leaving Los Blancos to pursue fresh new attacking options in light of their partially repealed transfer ban.
Former club Atletico Madrid are also credited with interest and should Antoine Griezmann depart in summer for up to €100m, they could well come into the picture in a big way. The final status of their transfer ban appeal is not yet known.
Aguero only recently signed a new City contract to 2020 and manager Pep Guardiola has maintained the striker is not for sale, but the sudden level of speculation about the player’s future this season seems too much for it to be a coincidence.
There is never smoke without fire. In that respect, Aguero has rarely been the subject of transfer gossip during his time at City, almost surprisingly so given his incredible form. Now that he is being more regularly linked moves away one has to ask the question more seriously.
But, according to the Sun, citing sources close to the player, Aguero remains happy at City. He is apparently determined to remain at the club next season and Guardiola is keen to find a way of accommodating him and Gabriel in the same team.