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Manchester City round-up: Striker wants £60million Madrid switch; Monaco star targeted; Fernandinho urges FA Cup importance

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Manchester City round-up: Striker wants £60million Madrid switch; Monaco star targeted; Fernandinho urges FA Cup importance

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is aiming for a big-money switch to Real Madrid once the season ends, according to new speculation in The Sun over the Argentine’s future.

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Since Gabriel Jesus arrived at the Etihad in January, Aguero has been playing second-fiddle; and despite the 19-year-old Brazilian’s injury, it seems the City striker now wants to leave the club.

The report claims that Los Blancos will have to fork out over £60 million for 28-year-old Aguero, however, as the City man seeks to return to the Spanish capital after his time at rivals Atletico.

Aguero has returned to the side after Jesus’ hamstring injury – which could see him on the sideline for the rest of the season – and scored twice as City beat Monaco in a Champions League thriller last Tuesday.

The Sun have also reported that Pep Guardiola is keen on replacing Sergio Aguero with Monaco teenage-sensation Kylian Mbappe, scorer of Monaco’s second at the Etihad last week.

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Mbappe has exploded onto the elite scene in Ligue One this season, and the report alleges that Manchester City’s Spanish boss has made the striker his number one target over the summer.

If Sergio Aguero does leave the club, Guardiola is expected to use this money to directly afford the £50 million price-tag that the French side have put on their 18-year-old striker.

Guardiola will have another chance to see the youngster in action when his side travel to Monaco for the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie, leading 5-3 after the first match.

Aside from transfer speculation, Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has insisted that the FA Cup is still high in the club’s priorities ahead of their fifth-round replay with Huddersfield this week.

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After the first match against their Championship opponents ended in a stalemate, the 31-year-old has said his side want to reach Wembley – and will do everything possible to win on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of the clash at the Etihad, he said:

“If we win, we are in the quarter-finals and after that we can be at Wembley. It’s extremely important because the FA Cup is a beautiful competition and we want to go as far as possible. The support of our fans in the FA Cup will be very important. For us the aim is to be in the final.”

Pep Guardiola’s side still have an outside chance of completing the treble, leading their last-16 European tie with Monaco and sitting 11 points behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League table.

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