Leeds United could be about to pull off the biggest coup of the summer transfer window with a move for a Premier League living legend, per recent reports.
Rodrigo De Paul has been the name on Leeds lips for about a year but an even more audacious deal has been mooted.
According to 90min the Whites want to sign Manchester City icon Sergio Aguero who revealed on his personal Instagram profile last month that he is set to leave the Citizens at the end of the season, after ten trophy-laden years.
He has established himself as one of Europe’s most feared marksman with a whopping tally of 181 Premier League goals making him the highest-scoring foreign player of all time.
A new chapter beckons for the Argentine with his Manchester City career coming to a close, but could he be tempted to stay in England and link-up with compatriot Marcelo Bielsa in West Yorkshire?
The short answer is, we doubt it. At the bare minimum, a move to Leeds is improbable.
Even the most ardent Whites supporter will know that luring the striker is a long-shot and the transfer market equivalent of Liam Cooper attempting a bicycle kick towards goal, from his own half.
There’s a number of factors that count against us securing his coveted signature.
Firstly there is the huge outlay that would be required to land him. We’re not exactly paupers but we’re hardly likely to be able to afford one of the most expensive players in the world.
According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio Aguero currently nets £13million per year, which amounts to around £250,000-a-week. That is a mouthwatering amount and one that would dwarf the existing members of the Leeds first-team squad.
Considering he turns 33 in June, and has a long history of injury issues, such an outlay would represent a huge risk considering we were in the Championship just last year.
Furthermore, would Aguero really be allured by the prospect of joining a mid-table Premier League team after lifting a likely fifth domestic title of his time in England?
Sure, we have big dreams under Bielsa but we’re not going to race into a title challenge next season, and even a top-four finish is the stuff of dreams.
As amazing as it would be, we just do not see any world where we pull this off.
But how refreshing and exciting it is to even be mentioned in the same breath as one of the best strikers ever seen on these shores?
It shows just how far Leeds have come under Bielsa.
After languishing in the second and third-tier for 16 years our rise back to the big time has been sensational and it’s a sign of the times that we’re being linked with big names again.
That shows the draw of Bielsa and Leeds – we’re a historic club that play the best football in the league under one of the most charismatic coaches, what’s not to love?
Aguero might not rock up at Elland Road but we’re starting to make waves again and if this link is anything to go by we’re in for an exhilarating summer on the transfer front.
Expect more thrilling transfers like Raphinha who can light up the Premier League and transform us into European contenders.
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