Friday, July 21, 2017

Surely Aguero could not be heading for Manchester United?

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is being linked with a move to neighbours Manchester United

According to a number of British papers this morning, including the Daily Times, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is planning on making a sensational big money swoop for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero this summer.

It would be one of the most controversial transfers of the summer if it did happen. It seems unlikely that City would sell the striker to their arch-rivals.

However, football can be a crazy game at times and who knows what is going to happen in the summer.

Aguero’s future at City is doubt

The 28-year-old striker missed City’s 5-0 of hammering of Crystal Palace on Saturday through injury. However, prior to picking up that injury, he had scored seven goals in his last nine appearances for the Citizens.

Aguero has in fact scored 22 goals this season in all competitions, despite having endured injuries earlier in the season. The Argentinian fell out of favour with City boss Pep Guardiola earlier this season after the explosive entry of Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Jesus.

When both strikers were fit the youngster was ahead of the Argentinian in Guardiola’s thoughts. It was only when Jesus was injured that Aguero got back into the starting line-up.

Jesus made his return to action at Middlesbrough and scored in a 2-2 draw. He also started in the mauling of Palace. Guardiola fielded Aguero and Jesus as a strike partnership against Boro, but Aguero’s injury prevented the Spaniard from doing the same against Palace.

Whether Aguero’s recent form has changed Guardiola’s thinking about the striker remains to be seen. One thing is for sure the striker is unlikely to stay at City as a back-up to young Jesus, even if the striker is City’s saviour (sorry couldn’t resist!)

United in the market for a striker

Manchester United are in the market for a striker this summer. The Red Devils were already being linked with big money strikers prior to Zlatan Ibrahimovic picking up a long-term injury. The Swede is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer and there is speculation that he is unlikely to sign a new deal in Manchester.

The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe have all been linked with moves to United, as boss Jose Mourinho looks to add goals to his Red Devils team. While youngster Marcus Rashford has stepped up with big goals in recent months, it seems unlikely that he will be United main striker for next season.

In many ways, Aguero would be an ideal signing. The striker is in his prime, knows the Premier League and has been prolific throughout his career in the English top-flight.

The biggest obstacle would be that he is currently at their biggest city rivals. It is hard to see City allowing United to sign Aguero. Selling Aguero to City would mean improving the United team with a top player, something which the Citizens really cannot afford to do.

United will no doubt improve their strike-force in the summer. However, City do not want to give them a helping hand by giving them a prolific striker. City boss Guardiola is an intelligent guy and although Aguero could leave City, it seems unlikely that it will be for United.

Title challenges expected at both next season

This season has not quite panned out how most people expected it to for City and United. Instead of challenging for the title, the pair have been left to fight it out for a Champions League spot.

The Citizens now look set to seal a place in the Champions League and are odds of 1/20 to finish in the Premier League’s top-four this season. Mourinho’s United face Arsenal later today at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League in a game that may have more meaning for sixth-place Arsenal than the visitors.

United’s priority for the remainder of the season seems to be to win the Europa League and gain Champions League football for next season that way. The Red Devils are the favourites to win the trophy, so could join their neighbours in Europe’s elite competition next season.

Whatever European competition Manchester United are playing in next season, it seems highly unlikely that goal-machine Sergio Aguero will be leading their attack.

Surely Aguero could not be heading for Manchester United?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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