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Man City would tarnish CL ambitions by landing £81m-rated striker this summer

The Manchester City fans were celebrating in the Transfer Tavern this weekend after their side were crowned as Premier League champions for the third time, but recent reports regarding Sergio Aguero’s future have rather dampened their spirits.

Following a relatively mediocre debut season in English football, Pep Guardiola has justified his reputation as one of the world’s greatest managers by leading City to a domestic double which has been characterised by a footballing philosophy that has considerably raised the standard of English football. It’s been a phenomenal season for the entirety of City’s squad, as each and every individual will feel they have partaken in a truly special campaign.

However, it has been a particularly monumental season for Sergio Aguero who surpassed Eric Brook’s record to become the club’s all time record top-goalscorer at the end of 2017. The Argentine international will forever be regarded as a legend of the club following his achievement, but there is a suggestion that he will need to make way for the next generation of talent to spearhead City’s attack.

Since Gabriel Jesus joined the club in January 2017, there has been a nagging suggestion that Guardiola is ready to allow Aguero to depart the club due to his preference to play the Brazilian. Guardiola’s decision to start Jesus ahead of Aguero in a handful of high-profile fixtures has served to enforce that notion, and recent reports emerging from the Spanish media outlet Don Balon have done nothing to alter that trend.

According to the report, City are interested in competing with Real Madrid for the signature of Robert Lewandowski (valued at £81 million by Transfermarkt) this summer – a player who Guardiola knows very well from his time as manager of Bayern Munich.

The Polish international is a complete striker; he is physically imposing, quick, technically gifted and a clinical finisher, and his record at the top level more than speaks for itself. But despite his obvious credentials to make the switch to the Etihad this summer, City should avoid making a bid on the basis that his arrival would almost certainly force Aguero out of the club, according to the report.

Although there’s no doubt that Lewandowski would be a quality signing, he is currently unproven in English football, so there’s no guarantee that he would be able to emulate or surpass the level of success which Aguero has enjoyed at the club in recent years.

Losing Aguero would be a bitter blow for City to take as his presence at the club remains a crucial component of their ambition of winning the Champions League in the future, and if Lewandowski’s arrival would be enough to push him out of the Etihad then it’s certainly a deal the club should avoid this summer.

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