Real Madrid’s pursuit of Sergio Aguero seems to have been thoroughly halted, according to new reports this week.
The Argentine forward had been linked with Madrid in rumours for much of the season, but The Daily Mirror reported that Manchester City officials sent a resounding “no” to Madrid by informing Los Blancos that Aguero is not for sale at any price.
Citing Spanish reports, The Mirror wrote that City executive Ferran Soriano reached out to Madrid president Florentino Perez to explain that the forward is a big part of future plans and will not be leaving anytime soon.
Aguero arrived from crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid in 2011, and since then he has established himself as a key player in a dynamic City side, and one can make a fair argument that he is solely responsible for their Premier League title in 2012 — after all, football fans around the world will always get goosebumps watching his last-second winner against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season.
Aguero is thought to have settled in Manchester as the Citizens challenge again for the Premier League and look to make headlines with their first appearance in the Champions League knockout stages.
In fact, City bosses view Aguero as “unsellable” and intend to increase his presence in marketing campaigns, according to the Mirror.
Los Merengues could use a star forward to provide some competition for the streaky Karim Benzema and the up-and-coming youngster Alvaro Morata, especially after Gonzalo Higuain left in the summer, but they may now be forced to look elsewhere.
A few rumours have appeared lately that Madrid defender Pepe is headed for the exit door, but Perez’s allegedly echoed Soriano in saying that the Portuguese is not for sale.