Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been pictured on the front page of Catalan newspaper Sport.
The Spanish press love to kick up a stir, especially if it’s a newspaper supporting either Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Last week they were at it suggesting Vincent Kompany could move to the Nou Camp and this week Sport has suggested that Sergio Aguero will be the replacement for David Villa.
If you’re a City fan then I wouldn’t read too much into this, it’s just speculation and an example of the Spanish press doing what they do best, which is sensationalism to try and shift papers.
Barcelona have made it clear that they want David Villa to sign on at the club through offering him a new deal, which eradicates reports that the club were set to axe him to make way for someone else.
The only thing this story has going in its favour is Aguero’s Atletico Madrid background, which means Barcelona is probably the only Spanish side that could afford him and that he may be willing to move to.
However, there are massive doubts that a move like that is ever going to happen because any fee involved would be huge and Barcelona would have to offer him one of the biggest contracts they’ve ever offered anyone to move away from another club.
The other thing this story has going against it are the claims from the pro-Real Madrid press that Aguero will do the opposite and sign for Real Madrid as Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain are linked with moves away.
He’s a top quality striker that any side in Europe would be happy to have but there seems to be an El Classico tug of war happening within the Spanish press and whichever way you look at it, someone out there is being misguided and is deliberately creating sensationalist headlines.
City have no reason to try and move him on because he’s their best striker, their most consistent striker, arguably their most important player and they don’t need to worry about his contract just yet.
If anything, they should be looking to get him to sign on to a longer deal beyond 2016 because the club will need him if they are to mount a serious push for the Champions League and regular Premier League titles in the next few years.
City fans, what do you make of the press reports?
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