Premier League - Paper Round: City fight to keep Aguero
Wed, 04 Apr 08:47:00 2012
Reports emerged from Spain and the Middle East on Tuesday that Real Madrid were interested in signing the Argentine with Aguero's father-in-law – a certain Diego Maradona – urging the pint-sized forward to consider a move back to the Spanish capital where he spent five season with city rivals Atletico.
"Kun (Aguero) has to play for Madrid. Even though he is flying at City, the best thing would have been to sign for Madrid. He made a mistake.
"If Madrid want someone, they get them. (Real Madrid president) Florentino (Perez) has no limits. It’s a question of convincing City but not with money because they have plenty of that."
Real Madrid are said to be willing to offer Gonzalo Higuain plus £8.5m in exchange for Aguero who City signed for £38 million just last summer but the Daily Mail says that City "will resist any attempts" to try and prize away one of their most prized assets.
"City believe the speculation is designed to unsettle Aguero, who has scored 24 goals so far this season, and insist they have no intention of selling a player who only last week said that 'the fans can rest assured I’m happy here,'" the paper goes on to say.
"It is also believed that Atletico had assurances from City that Aguero would not be sold to their Madrid rivals for a period of two years."
The Mail does however say that City are more than willing to change up their forward line in the summer and are willing to listen to offers for Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez while Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz, both currently out on loan, are also expected to leave on a permanent basis.
Staying at the Etihad, and defender Joleon Lescott sparked a doping fear at the club on Tuesday evening when he tweeted that he had just had a Lemsip to deal with a cold.
Some of his followers told him the ingredients of the medicinal drink could contain banned substances.
The Daily Star reports that then: "Anxious club bosses rang Lescott to demand an explanation. But he angered them further by insisting the tweet had been just 'banter' and that he was fully aware of which medications to avoid."
Last season City defender Kolo Toure was banned for six months after taking his wife's dieting pills.
Our final City titbit comes from Nigel De Jong who has said something akin to "the earth is round" by admitting that sometimes team-mate Mario Balotelli does foolish things.
“Sometimes Mario is a fool and at other times he is a genius - there are two sides to him," he is quoted as saying in the Sun
“Lots of people expect him to pull off crazy stunts and as a result he feels he must do something.
"People like that need to have upheaval in their lives in order to perform."
To some transfer news and Arsenal are set to rival PSG in a bidding war for Sunderland dynamo Stephane Sessegnon. The Benin forward has attracted interest from leading European clubs since Martin O’Neill admitted the Wearsiders may struggle to keep him because his family have not settled in the North East and he could cost up to £10m. (Daily Mirror)
Arsene Wenger has also instructed chief French scout Gilles Grimandi to compile a dossier on Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud. Negotiating a fee could prove difficult, however, after Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin said recently that it would cost at least £50m to prise Giroud away from France. (Daily Mail)
Blackburn left-back Martin Olsson is a shock £3m target for Turkish giants Galatasaray. The Turkish side are tipped to make an offer at the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is ready to go double Dutch by swooping for left-back Erik Pieters and centre-back Douglas. Douglas, 24, has told Steve McClaren he will be quitting FC Twente for a new challenge this summer and Newcastle are leading the £6m chase along with Ajax and Schalke. Pieters has been on Newcastle’s radar since last summer when a deal could not be forced through with PSV Eindhoven. (Daily Mirror)