As Paris Saint-Germain look to rebuild their first team squad after missing out on the Ligue 1 title to Monaco, The Times say that Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is a target to spearhead a new look attack.
The reports claim that the French club could soon make a bid worth in excess of £60 million for the forward. With a potential £220,000 per week contract on the table, it could be tempting for the Argentine international to put an end to a six year stay at the Etihad.
Why should they accept the offer?
At 29 years of age, this may be almost City’s last chance to cash in on Aguero. Whilst money is not a problem for the club, they are unlikely to receive such a substantial figure for a player past his peak and that could come into play when considering whether or not to allow him to leave.
In addition, in Gabriel Jesus the club have a ready made replacement. Jesus was so impressive this season that he relegated Aguero to a reserve role at times and the Brazilian has shown clear signs that he has what it takes to step up in his absence.
It may also be seen as the easiest solution in avoiding Aguero growing unhappy on the bench at the Etihad whilst watching on. It’s something that was seen for the first time in 2016/17 and Aguero is unlikely to tolerate it for long. By selling to PSG this summer, the club could avoid being forced to sell him to a Premier League rival in the future.
Why shouldn’t they consider a deal?
Firstly, Aguero is a hero at the club after his incredible and prolific form over the last six years which have almost single handedly won the club trophies and titles.
Secondly, Aguero still has plenty to offer as his record of 33 goals in 45 appearances in 2016/16 showed. If the club want to replace him, there are very few players in the world, let alone available on the market, who could match that.
It’s also worth remembering that fellow striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been linked with a move away. That would leave the club with just one senior striker in the ranks if both were to leave, really heaping the pressure on their transfer dealings.
Are the Citizens likely to accept such a bid?
Whilst Pep Guardiola is thought to be counting on having Aguero in his squad next season, it’s thought that the striker is less convinced of a role which could see him restricted to the bench. With Gabriel Jesus in impressive form since joining, Aguero could rightly be concerned about whether he would be a regular starter next season.
It seems likely City’s transfer dealings could determine whether the sale of Aguero is considered. If Guardiola is successful in his pursuit of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez or another top attacker, then a £60 million bid could be a good way for them to fund a purchase and free up space in the squad for a player who fits in with the ex-Barcelona boss’ system.
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