Sergio Aguero could be involved in a swap deal that would see Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain arrive at the Manchester City.
Aguero was their hero for the 2011/12 season and his injury-time winner against QPR on the final day of the season will go down in Premier League history.
But this season, Argentine forward Sergio Aguero has been a shadow of the player which he was last term.
This has not put off long term admirers Real Madrid, who have been rumoured to be ready to make a move for Aguero in the summer. It seems that they are also willing to give City a replacement in their front line to get their man.
Having played for city rivals Atletico, Aguero has already lived in the Spanish capital and a return could be on the cards. Having spent around £35million to bring Aguero to the Premier League, City will not part with one of their prized assets easily. But this season has seen Aguero struggle. He has had injury problems that has kept him out of the City side, as they have continued to fall behind rivals Manchester United.
And when he is present, he has not been as worrying for defenders as he was last season. Although, you cannot blame this on Aguero alone, as many City players have not lived up to the hype they created last season.
Joe Hart has come under criticism for some of his goalkeeping, and playmaker David Silva has been less-prolific in assisting the front line than last season. And the absence of Vincent Kompany since January has been another major headache for manager Roberto Mancini, who sees himself starring at a 15 point gap between them and United.
Having already sold Mario Balotelli, City are desperate to hold on to Aguero as he is the jewel in their crown.
But should he want to leave, City will need a replacement, and are not short of the money to spend on another attacker. A swap deal would suit both clubs as Aguero's arrival at Madrid would surely spell the end for either Higuain or Benzema. They are both superb strikers and either could do well at City. And with them both aged at 25, they are merely a year old than Aguero and would bring some invaluable Champions League experience along with them as well.
Aguero has been linked to Madrid on a number of occasions, and it seems now they feel will be the right time to test City's resolve.
With options such as Benzema and Higuain a possibility to come the other way, City would not lose out on attacking options, something they cannot afford to do after selling Balotelli.
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