Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has emerged as a transfer target for Inter, according to reports from Italian media.
Alfredo Pedulla reported [via Manchester Evening News] that the Serie A club are lining up a move for the 31-year-old as a replacement for Lautaro Martinez, who is expected to leave the San Siro this summer.
Aguero, who is Manchester City’s all-time record goalscorer, has enjoyed yet another excellent season at the Etihad Stadium, firing in 23 goals in 30 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s team. His tally of 16 Premier League goals is the joint-third highest in the division, showing that his eye for goal is as sharp as ever.
Even in a team of City’s abundance of attacking riches, the Argentine seems indispensable given his status as their top scorer this term, just as he has been in each of the previous five seasons. He has long since proven that he is a consistently reliable scorer who has no doubt helped in a big way to fuel the club’s glittering collection of trophies over the past decade.
A scorer in each of Manchester City’s first six league games this season, he has come up with several important goals during 2019/20, including two late strikes at home to Crystal Palace, the winner at Sheffield United and the opener in the Carabao Cup final defeat of Aston Villa. [via TransferMarkt]
It is certainly in Manchester City’s best interests to keep Aguero for as long as they can but, if Inter are successful in their pursuit of the 31-year-old, the centre-forward onus at the Etihad will then fall on Gabriel Jesus.
The Brazilian has enjoyed nearly as impressive season as his team-mate, helping himself to 18 goals in 39 appearances over 2,224 minutes of game-time, scoring once every 123.56 minutes. Considering that he is not a fixed presence in Guardiola’s first XI, the 23-year-old’s scoring tally is quite commendable.
Is Gabriel Jesus good enough to be Man City's main striker if Aguero leaves?
He has shown that he can step up with vital goals, such as his equaliser in the 2-1 win over Real Madrid in February and his late winner at Leicester a few days previously, as well as grabbing both goals in the 2-1 defeat of Everton. [via TransferMarkt]
Those are the sort of contributions which Jesus would need to produce consistently if Aguero goes and the task of being Manchester City’s main centre-forward is placed on his young shoulders.
Man City fans, does Jesus’ contribution go relatively unnoticed given Aguero’s formidable scoring record? Comment below with your views!
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