Get Real! Sergio Aguero rules out switch to Madrid
With the season drawing to a close and managers starting to plan for next season, football reporter Michael Catling looks at the transfer rumours circulating around the football community.
Sky Sports are reporting that Sergio Aguero has reiterated his desire to remain at Manchester City next season; despite reported interest from Real Madrid.
The former Atletico Madrid striker only moved to the Etihad Stadium last summer but has impressed in his debut season in the Premier League; netting 19 goals in 29 games.
His father-in-law Diego Maradona recently suggested that the Argentine should move to the Santiago Bernabeu. However, although a swap deal involving Gonzalo Higuain has been mooted, Aguero has no plans to return to the Madrid capital.
“The truth is that I am happy here, happy with my fellow players and the rest of the staff. The only thing I have to do is enjoy playing football.”
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Elsewhere, Arsenal are supposedly planning a double raid on Ajax duo Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, according to caughtoffside.com.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been assured by the clubs board that he will be given transfer funds to reinforce his squad this summer and will reportedly launch a significant bid for the pair.
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Both players have been strongly linked with a host of Premier League clubs over the past few months but Arsene Wenger will be hopeful that the lure of Champions League football could sway the deal.
However, the Daily Mail are reporting that Arsenal and Chelsea have been left in limbo after midfielder Yossi Benayoun said he will not decide on his future until the end of the season.
The Israeli international joined the Gunners on a season-long loan deal from Stamford Bridge last summer but despite featuring regularly in Wenger’s side in the second half of this campaign, the 31-year-old is remaining coy on where his future lies next season.
“‘I am fully committed to Arsenal and after that we will see. After June 30, I am going back to Chelsea and then the club decides and I need to decide.”
Also in the Premier League, West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson will cash in on striker Peter Odemwingie to fund a move for Fulham forward Andy Johnson, according to the Daily Mirror.
Odemwingie has endured a stop-start season so far and has failed to hit the same heights which attracted interest from Arsenal last season. Other forwards Simon Cox and Chris Wood are also expected to leave the Hawthorns this summer with Johnson, set to be available on a free transfer, the number-one choice to lead the line next season.
In addition to this, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea could face further competition in their attempts to land Juventus winger Milos Krasic, reports The Sun.
The Premier League duo were heavily linked with the Serbian international in the January transfer window, but a move this summer could be scuppered by Fenerbahce who have registered a �10 million bid.
The Sun also believe that Wolfsburg are lining up an �8 million swoop for Queens Park Rangers winger Adel Taarabt.
The 22-year-old was instrumental in helping QPR achieve promotion last season, but his form has been increasingly erratic in the Premier League this term. And with his contract expiring at the end of next season, Mark Hughes may prefer to cash in on the Moroccan international this summer.
Fellow relegation strugglers Blackburn Rovers are set to grant Gael Givet his wish to leave the club this summer after the defender has reportedly grown disillusioned with life at Ewood Park, according to the Daily Mail.
The 30-year-old French defender has not featured for Steve Kean’s side since early February after he was sent off in Rovers 7-1 thumping at Arsenal.
Meanwhile, The Metro are reporting that Fulham boss Martin Jol has been given the green light to resurrect a move for Trabzonspor striker Burak Yilmaz.
The 26-year-old hitman has netted a hugely impressive 32 goals in 30 games in the Turkish Super Lig and looked set to move to Craven Cottage last month after Yilmaz’s representatives suggested a move was all-but done. However, an excessive signing-on fee demand poured cold water on Fulham’s interest but it would appear his representatives have now backtracked on their hefty demands.
In the Championship, Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has reportedly slapped a �2 million price tag on transfer-listed striker Paul Taylor. The 24-year-old recently angered Ferguson after rejecting a new deal but any move could now be foiled by Peterborough demanding a hefty transfer fee – Daily Star.