Newcastle manager claims he had chance to sign Manchester City superstar when he was a teenager

Newcastle's 3-0 victory over Swansea at the weekend boosted their chances of beating the drop.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez claims that he was offered the chance to sign Sergio Agüero when he was in charge of Liverpool, but the large transfer fee involved scuppered a move, and the young Argentine eventually moved to Atletico Madrid instead.

Benitez told The Daily Mirror of his close relationship with Agüero:

“I have a good relationship with Sergio because he’s close to Mascherano and I was watching the Argentina team. Hopefully he can score a lot of goals in the Champions League but not against us."

He then went on to discuss the opportunity he had to sign the Manchester City star many years ago:

“I was Liverpool manager, they offered him to us as a young player for big, big money. He signed for Atletico Madrid. He was a player that we knew. We were following him. We knew he was a very good player then.”

The Spaniard will be hoping that his friend doesn't ruin his side's survival hopes as Newcastle play host to the Citizen's tonight.

The Tynesiders currently sit three points behind Norwich City in the table, but they do have a game in hand over the Canaries.

Tonight will be a pivotal game in their quest for survival, before they travel to Anfield to play Benitez's old club Liverpool on Saturday.

A trip to Aston Villa is sandwiched by two home games against Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur to finish off their season, and the North East outfit will be hoping to put points on the board as they look to avoid a second relegation in eight seasons. 

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