Leeds have been told they may hold a significant advantage in the race to sign Manchester City star Sergio Aguero this summer.
The Argentina international recently confirmed that he will be leaving the Etihad Stadium once his contract expires in the summer; and speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Premier League player Carlton Palmer has suggested that Leeds’ location, as well as their ability to offer first team football, could give them an edge.
He said: “I was thinking about this today; it could be a possibility because Sergio wouldn’t have to move – obviously he lives in Manchester. I think at Sergio’s age, he wouldn’t want to go anywhere and be a bit-part.
“So, you know, when they’re talking about top clubs like Chelsea and whatever, if he’s not guaranteed of playing every week, which I think he’s going to fall into that category now with his injuries and with his age, Leeds could be a good shout. The problem that would be, I would assume, would be his salary.”
With reports claiming that Aguero is set to demand a £200,000-per-week wage from his next club (Gazzetta dello Sport, via AS), that would certainly be a huge sum of money to fork out for a player who’s set to turn 33 this summer.
The £22.5m-rated Argentine is a Premier League icon with 181 goals to his name in the competition, and Pep Guardiola was quick to hail City’s talisman. He said: “Aguero has conquered England. His numbers speak for themselves. Aguero is an extraordinary person, and we still have a month and a half to win more things and help him to score goals.”
If Andrea Radrizzani wants to send a message to Bielsa that he means business, then opening up the chequebook and breaking the wage structure for a marquee player like Aguero would certainly do the trick.