Sergio Aguero is the player Real Madrid President Florentino Perez wants to energise the club after a disappointing season, but money is an issue.
AS notes that Perez wants to give the Manchester City forward to new Coach Rafa Benitez, particularly after he finished top scorer in the Premier League and continued to net for Argentina at the Copa America.
That’s despite Benitez intending to use Cristiano Ronaldo as the team’s central attacker and Bale on the left wing.
But Madrid have already invested almost €60m in 2015 – on Casemiro, Danilo, Lucas Silva, Marco Asensio and Martin Odegaard – and that’s before completing the signing of David De Gea.
Aguero would cost at least as much again as he is under a long-term contract at the Etihad Stadium, but Perez is said to want to return to the practice of big-name signings to account for a lack of trophies.
Madrid, it’s noted, do need a striker, after deciding not to pay €10m to keep Javier Hernandez, but in order to raise the cash to sign Aguero, would have to consider selling players on, particularly as the club’s debt stands at more than €600m.
One of the names floated is the only senior centre-forward at the club, Karim Benzema, while Fabio Coentrao is the other.
It’s felt, however, that Aguero is one of few players Madrid could sign who would be equal to the forwards boasted by Barcelona, the trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.