With the signing of Atletico de Madrid’s striker Manchester City have assured themselves a substitute for their star, who is Inter’s option to cover Sneijder’s exit to Manchester United.
Manchester City announced on Wednesday Atletico de Madrid forward Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero as their latest signing. The Citizens closed the E45 million transfer with the Colchoneros without setbacks, since they agreed to pay the rescission clause and tempted the 23-year-old Argentine with an offer of E9 million for each of the next six seasons that he will be linked to the club.
This way the rumors about Aguero’s transfer to Real Madrid come to an end for the relief of thousands of Colchoneros that would have seen it as an act of betrayal, since the Whites are their city archrivals. The news is also a relief for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, as he feels that the club has found him a substitute and now his exit should be easier.
Living in a city that he wouldn’t even consider visiting for vacations once he gets to leave is what makes Tevez want to abandon Manchester City. It is not the first time that the 27-year-old Argentine striker publically manifests his desire to leave the club to which he arrived in the summer of 2009, neither that first time that Italian teams express their interest in his services, which is what is going on between Inter and him.
Inter technical director Marco Branca has admitted contacts with Tevez to discuss his contract before they make an offer to Manchester City. The Nerazzurri want to secure his services for the next five seasons in reason of E 7 million per year, and are willing to bid up to E35 million for the Argentine’s transfer.
What has motivated the Italian squad to place their eyes on Tevez is the need to find a substitute for Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder, in case negotiations with Manchester United meet their demands and he ends up being transferred. For that to happen they are expecting a E40 million bid, and then of course the player would have to work out his contract to formalize the agreement, which is being the biggest obstacle as of press time.
The 27-year-old midfielder is demanding a salary of E230,000-a-week, but the Red Devil’s aren’t moving from their cash bid of E195,000. Despite this negotiations continue to be open, and a third party could step in to bring postures together by assuming part of Sneijder’s paycheck, and that would Nike, the American sportswear brand that sponsors both, club and player.
Meanwhile those talks take place Manchester City will continue with its pre-season, looking forward to arrive in plenty of conditions to the first challenge of the season: The FA Community Shield, to be disputed on August 7 at Wembley against Manchester United.
This could be the first chance for Aguero to debut with the Citizens, and also the first one to win a title. It will be up to Coach Roberto Mancini to decide if despite haven’t starting the pre-season on time, he will be in shape to dispute some minutes in the city’s derby.