Premier League Champions Manchester City have reiterated their stance that star striker Sergio Agüero will not be sold at any price. The Argentine is the subject of much interest from Spanish clubs Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Florentino Perez, incumbent of the presidency at Real Madrid, claimed immediately after his side secure La Decima, that Agüero wasn’t on the minds of the Madrid club’s hierarchy. However, reports now say that the 10-time European Champions will wait until after the World Cup to table their £60million bid.
It seems that Real are not totally convinced by Karim Benzema, and with the highly likely outcome of the French striker moving elsewhere, Agüero could be the man that Real turn to. Another South American Premier League star, Luis Suarez, is also a reported target for Los Galacticos.
Barcelona are also reportedly keen on el Kun, albeit their reported £38million bid is a considerably modest offer to Real’s £60million bid. The Catalans are desperate to return to winning ways after ending the 13/14 season trophyless, the first time since 2008.
It is being reported that Lionel Messi is keen to partner up with Agüero. The two are close friends and practically grew up together in the current Argentina national team setup, having played together in the same Argentine squad that won the 2005 U-20 World Cup.
In the midst of all this, the Manchester club have said that they will not be tempted even if an offer that trumps Gareth Bale’s mammoth transfer fees were forthcoming from any club. The club also strongly believe that the player is happy in Manchester and isn’t interested in returning to Spain, where he spent five seasons scoring 74 goals in 175 appearances with Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid before signing for City in 2011 for a fee in the region of £38 million.
Manchester City would be determined to keep hold of their first-choice striker even after his injury-plagued season, when he still managed to plunder 28 goals from his 34 appearances in all competitions.