Manchester City needs to start doing their business for life after Sergio Aguero.
There is loads to do for Manchester City between now and the next couple of seasons. Besides signing players for the future and looking after the top young talent at the club, the Cityzens need to tie Pep Guardiola down to an extended stay — something they have been unsuccessful at doing since last summer.
If they are able to pull off a Pep stay they will be able to bring in more players like Ferran Torres and Nathan Aké with ease. If they continue to be up in the air on the world-class manager’s position at the club, players making a Manchester switch will probably think twice.
Nonetheless, the club has been linked with two of Europe’s top two strikers. One being Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan and the other Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. These two players have been named as the club sees Sergio Aguero’s hit the other side of 30.
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Plans to bring in a top striker for the player who is 32-years-old has already begun with these two names being rumoured at the top of the priority list. The Man City striker has spoken previously about rejoining Buenos Aires side Club Atlético Independiente, the place he spent nine years of his footballing career from youth level.
Making matters worse for him and the club, they’ve struggled with him out injured, an occurrence happening more regularly as he gets older. He has only featured three times this season across all competitions.
He started in their victory over Arsenal and in the draw against West Ham in the Premier League. The other match, their 3-1 Champions League win over FC Porto.
While City want Aguero to stay, they are planning to lessen their reliance on him as there is an awareness that he only has a few years left at the highest level.
It’s reported that City will make a new striker their top priority next summer as they prepare to transition away from Aguero, with Haaland and Martinez being considered.
The Argentine is now 32 and, while he remains a sensational player, injuries becoming more frequent and it’s clear he’s approaching the twilight of his career.
His current contract at the Etihad expires in the summer and, though it’s expected he will stay, his future is unclear with no extension signed as of yet. (Via: manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
Two of the most wanted strikers in world football
If the English side is unable to secure Guardiola, it will be challenging to convince either of Martinez or Haaland to join as Aguero’s successor. Real Madrid, Liverpool, and a number of Europe’s top clubs are said to be interested in Haaland and are said to already be planning on bids for the player.
Adding to the Madrid speculations, rumour has it that the Spanish side want to reach a gentleman’s agreement way ahead of next summer’s transfer window opening. This to be sure they land one of the best goalscoring strikers in the world.
Martinez came close to joining Man City last season but was said also to be near to a Barcelona transfer — eventually staying put and has been enjoying his time under Antonio Conte. So much so, the player might sign a contract extension with the Serie A side.
It’s going to be an interesting summer next year. Hopefully, by then fans have already been allowed back in stadiums worldwide, a COVID vaccine has made its way to every living being, and the market is back to its jaw-dropping best.
What we must also not forget, the Kun will be a tough act to follow at the Etihad! The Argentine should return for Pep’s important trip to an in-form Spurs side having just lost the race against time to be fit for the Liverpool draw prior to the international break.