The Manchester City fans are eager to keep hold of Sergio Aguero for at least one more season, but they are beginning to look forward to a future without their Argentine ace and discussing the credentials of a handful of potential replacements.
Providing Aguero wishes to remain at the Etihad Stadium this summer, there is absolutely no reason why he should be replaced just yet, but now that Gabriel Jesus has effectively established himself as Guardiola’s first-choice striker it’s likely that he will at least be contemplating the possibility of a summer exit. Aguero is set to celebrate his 30th birthday tomorrow and after 7 years with the club he might be tempted to embark on one final challenge in Europe before returning to Argentina.
Regardless of whether Aguero departs this summer or in the future, Guardiola should be working in conjuction with Txiki Begiristain to identify an ideal replacement for the club’s all-time top goalscorer. There are few candidates in world football who should be considered for a seemingly impossible task, but one man who has the potential to fit the bill is RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner (valued at £54 million by Transfermarkt).
The Germany international is one of the most prolific strikers on the continent, and at just 22-years-of-age there’s plenty more to come. In many ways Werner represents the ideal replacement for Aguero; he is blessed with blistering pace, quick-feet and a natural eye for the back of the net, so the Citizens supporters would certainly be in for a treat following his arrival.
RB Leipzig’s talisman notched 21 goals and provided 10 assists in all-competitions last season and, although he would need some time to adapt to the Premier League, there’s no reason why he cannot improve on that record at a club which is brimming with talent of the highest calibre.
City look set to break their transfer record in the coming days by bringing Riyad Mahrez to the club, however, they will eventually need to smash that record if they wish to lure Werner to the club.
Regardless of whether the moment to replace Aguero arrives this summer or in the future, Guardiola should keep a close eye on Werner for the foreseeable future, as aside from the exception of Mauro Icardi who is incredibly unlikely to leave Inter Milan, there is no striker in world football better placed to emulate the achievements of Aguero at the Etihad Stadium than the prolific German.
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