Manchester City are willing to sell star striker Sergio Aguero following the arrival of Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus, according to Yahoo! Sport.
What’s the story?
The sensational claim comes from Duncan Castles, who reports that manager Pep Guardiola does not consider Aguero to be a vital part of his future plans.
It is believed that the Argentina international is not the right type of striker to fit into Guardiola’s system – that was shown earlier in the season when Aguero was dropped for tactical reasons.
Yahoo! Sport also claims that the club have concerns over the 28-year-old’s muscular problems that have stuttered his career at City, having recorded an average of just 26 starts in the Premier League per season.
There is also reported to be a question mark hanging over Aguero’s discipline, as he has already missed six matches this season due to suspensions.
If the forward does end up leaving the Etihad, Jesus, who arrived at the club from Brazilian outfit Palmeiras earlier this week, is expected to replace him as the focal point of the team.
Would City end up regretting Aguero sale?
Selling a player of Aguero’s calibre is always a risk, particularly when he is the club’s top scorer on 18 goals in all competitions this season.
It is even more of a risk to expect a 19-year-old to fill his boots considering that the Brazilian has zero Premier League experience.
Jesus has arrived at the club with plenty of promise after netting 12 goals in 27 league appearances in his final season at Palmeiras, but domestic football in Brazil is a completely different animal.
Guardiola is the kind of manager that will die by his sword and never deviate from what he believes is the best way of playing.
With that in mind, it would not be a shock for the Spaniard to make such a big call by selling Aguero, but there is no doubt that City would miss the Argentine’s goals.
Since joining the North-West outfit from Atletico Madrid in 2011, Aguero has found the back of the net 113 times in the league.
It would make little sense in City selling the striker without bringing in a well-established world-class replacement, but given the success that Guardiola has had during his spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, perhaps his judgement should be trusted.