The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern hold Sergio Aguero in a regard above almost any other player in their long history, but there is reason to believe that his time at the club could be coming to an end within the next two seasons.
Sergio Aguero wrote himself into Man City folklore as he surpassed Eric Brook to become the clubs all-time top-goalscorer earlier this season, and now he has achieved that feat the Argentine may be considering the possibility of leaving the club for a new challenge – especially if City win the Champions League this season. Aguero is now just 1 goal away from a double century of strikes for the club after just 290 appearances, so replacing the 29-year-old will undoubtedly be one of City’s toughest challenges in recent years.
Since Gabriel Jesus arrived at the club, Aguero has seen his first-team place come under threat. Whenever Pep Guardiola has made the decision to start Jesus over Aguero, plenty of transfer rumours have emerged in the press which link the Argentine with a move away from the club, but thus far those rumours have been firmly quashed by the club.
However, Aguero is set to turn 30 this summer, so City may have to entertain the possibility of allowing him to leave the Etihad if he decides the time is right to embark on a new challenge. If Aguero does indeed decide to leave in the summer, then City will need to sign a replacement of the highest quality to replace him.
There are very few candidates in world football who can genuinely stake a claim to adequately fill the void left by Aguero, but one man who could successfully complete the seemingly impossible task is Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi (valued at £67.5 million by Transfermarkt). Aguero’s fellow Argentine is one of the most complete centre-forwards in Europe right now, as his record of 22 goals from 24 Serie A appearances clearly illuminates.
Icardi is a goal-scoring predator who possesses the ability to score goals with both feet, with his head, from long-range, close-range, and from the penalty spot. Like Aguero, he is the complete forward, and the fact he has captained the Nerazzurri for the past three seasons proves he has the strength of character to lead by example.
Inter Milan’s crown jewel would certainly not come cheap, but City have riches to bring to the table which would be well worth spending on a striker of Icardi’s quality, so if Aguero decides to leave the club this summer then Guardiola should make him City’s number one transfer target to replace a true club legend.
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