Reports claimed earlier this month that Leeds United were among the contenders to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero this summer, with Pep Guardiola’s side confirming that the Argentine would leave the Etihad when his contract expires at the end of June. Nigel Martyn has responded to the rumour in an interview with LeedsUnited.News, but does not believe the veteran ace would fit into Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Aguero, 32, is about to end his 10-year long stay at City this summer – with City informing the South American goal machine that they would not be extending his stay with the Premier League leaders. He has earned legendary status during his time at City – clocking up a whopping 385 appearances in all competitions for Guardiola’s men and finding the back of the net on 257 occasions, becoming City’s all-time leading goalscorer.
No-one will forget his goal against Queens Park Rangers in the dying moments to win the Premier League title, ahead of Manchester United – as City came from behind to beat the London club. Aguero will end his season at Manchester City with five Premier League titles and one FA Cup. It could be six Carabao Cup wins too, if they beat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Speculation over his next move has been rife. Clearly, the obvious move would be a return to Spain for Aguero – who joined City in 2011 from Atletico Madrid, where he scored 74 times in 175 La Liga appearances. Barcelona have been strongly linked, but English clubs are said to be keen on Aguero too – and 90Min state that Leeds are one of those.
The Whites are believed to be interested and it is claimed that Leeds could be a preferred move for Aguero, not least because Bielsa is manager – but also because it would save the striker from having to relocate. Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Chelsea are also keeping tabs on his situation in case he wants to remain in English football – but Martyn has dismissed the reports as “tenuous”, and does not believe Aguero would fit in a Bielsa side.
“I guess it is because it is Argentine and our manager is Argentine, it is a tenuous link. I don’t see it. If you get a player of that quality it can be a great signing, but with his injury history, I don’t think he would be a very good signing. It would be too much of a risk in my opinion,” Martyn stated.