Chelsea are interested in signing Sergio Aguero, in what would undoubtedly be the most stunning transfer of this summer in the Premier League.
It is no secret that Antonio Conte is in the market for a new striker, with Diego Costa deemed surplus to requirements and set for a return to Atletico Madrid. Top target Romelu Lukaku is no longer an option, after he snubbed a potential return to Stamford Bridge by leaving Everton for Manchester United.
It has now been widely reported that Conte has set his sights on a daring move for Aguero, who some consider to be the finest goalscorer in the Premier League. Since arriving in England in 2011, the former Atletico man has scored 169 goals in 253 matches in all competitions for Manchester City.
But despite this, last season he struggled to nail down a regular start under Pep Guardiola, who welcomed £27million Gabriel Jesus to the fold in January. And it has now been suggested the Spaniard would not stand in the way of Aguero if he asked to leave the Etihad Stadium.
This doesn’t tally with what chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said in May when asked if the 29-year-old was staying at City: “Absolutely. There’s never been a doubt about that. I’ve read a lot of the speculation on this and it’s ridiculous. Having Sergio Aguero as part of the squad is an absolute must.”
Indeed, it would seem strange for City to sell such an influential player, especially to a direct rival for the title and the current champions. Even if they land their own number one target – Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez – they would likely be able to sell Aguero abroad where he has a host of admirers.
A more likely option for Conte would be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The 28-year-old wants a fresh challenge this summer, and Borussia Dortmund are willing to let him go for £70million. Should they show an interest, Chelsea may need to stave off competition from Paris Saint Germain.