Argentine and Atlético Madrid powerhouse forward, Sergio Aguero, flew in to England today to become Manchester City's most expensive signing to date. Having being given the green light to begin talks with Manchester City's officials after requesting a move from Atlético Madrid, it seems that Manchester City are now finally enroute to putting the Carlos Tevez situation behind them.
Aguero, whose release clause is reportedly worth around £38 million, has signaled that his future lies away from Atlético. Speaking to Argentine radio station Radio La Red, he said:
"I have made clear in my statement that I do not see myself at Atlético. I will seek the best for me, I know that my representatives are working, and for now, I don't want to think about it. I will do something after the Copa América, when I am able to think calmly. But if I said I saw myself at Atlético, I'd be lying. I'd prefer to play in Spain or England—those are the two best countries. Atlético has been my place of work in Spain. I have given everything for the shirt and I have had a lot of fun but as far as my future is concerned, don't bet on anything."
Carlos Tevez is due to return to City on August 4 unless his representatives can drum up interest from other sources. If things remain as they stand currently, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini could begin the season with Aguero, Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko.
Not exactly a bad situation—but how do the strikers compare in their performances for club over the last two seasons?
How do Manchester City's Strikers Compare?
|Player||Games Played (Last two seasons)||Goals||Assists||Shots||Shots on Goal|
From these numbers, over the last two seasons:
Carlos Tevez scored 0.61 goals per game and 43 percent of his attempts were goal-bound,
Sergio Aguero scored 0.5 goals per game and 46 percent of his attempts were goal-bound,
Who will be Manchester City's best striker next season?
Mario Balotelli scored 0.3 goals per game and 37 percent of his attempts were goal-bound, and
Edin Dzeko scored 0.53 goals per game and 40 percent of his attempts were goal-bound.
Manchester City's strikers are equally talented, and their ability is more or less on a par with each other.
The stats clearly show though that by bringing in Aguero, City are not improving on Carlos Tevez—if anything, they are settling for less.
What do you think? Who could be City's best striker?