Real Madrid may be readying a big money move for Manchester City talisman Sergio Aguero, as according to the Mirror, the Champions League winners are prepared to splash out as much as €60 million on the Argentinean striker.
It was initially thought that Madrid were targeting another Premier League striker in Luis Suarez, however prising the Uruguayan away from Anfield would prove too difficult in the eyes of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and will instead turn his attentions to Aguero.
But Real are in no rush to make any signings, and are prepared to wait until after the World Cup, according to Perez: "We are not thinking about making a move for Aguero at the moment.
"Right now, there is no real urgency to sign any new players."
Whilst Madrid do not necessarily need to make signings, current no.1 forward Karim Benzema has been linked with a move to France with Paris Saint-Germain. Meanwhile young striker Alvaro Morata may also be on his way out, and has been targeted by Arsenal.
Should either leave, Real will no doubt be on the hunt for a world class centre forward, and the Argentina international would fit the bill. Aguero suffered an injury-plagued season, but still managed to score 28 goals in 34 appearances, with one of Europe’s best goals to game ratios.
Madrid would know that they are getting a more clinical striker than the incumbent Benzema. Both Aguero and Benzema scored 17 league goals this season, with Aguero doing so in 23 matches, and Benzema needing 35.
With world class players in nearly every position, Aguero may be the final brushstroke needed to turn the Madrid team into a masterpiece.
It is thought that the 25-year-old would be open to a move to Spain, where his ex-wife and son currently reside. He has also expressed a desire to join Real Madrid in the past, stating in an interview: "If Madrid had wanted me, I would be playing here. I had no choice but to sign with Manchester City."
A move to Real may cause a great deal of acrimony among Atletico Madrid fans, who supported the striker during his five fruitful seasons at the Vicente Calderon.
City will no doubt be looking to hold on to their prized asset, who has become a cult hero thanks to his title-winning goal against Queens Park Rangers.
But whilst they are not short of cash, they will be looking to balance the books. UEFA have already reprimanded the club for not adhering to the rules of financial fair play, fining them £49million and reducing their Champions League squad size to 21 players.
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