Sometimes, a rumor so outrageous comes along, we have to talk about it, regardless of how, to put it kindly, unreliable the sourcing of it may be. That's the case here, with the Sergio Aguero rumors that are blowing up on this fine Thursday morning.
Estos son los clubes de elite que se desesperan por contratrar al Kun #Agüero - https://t.co/lPybuZqCtd pic.twitter.com/8RDpgtZcJp— Don Balon España (@donbalon_com) October 26, 2016
In addition to the three English clubs, Don Balon also throw in Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus, and Inter for good measure, too. They are all monitoring the situation at Manchester City, ready to pick up the phone and dial 9 for success.
Wednesday night's Manchester Derby in the League Cup was the third time in the last four games that Pep Guardiola left Aguero on the bench, and while the striker did eventually come on, just as he had in all the other games, he failed to score once again. Aguero may have 11 goals on the season in all competitions, but he hasn't scored in a month, missing yet another penalty kick in the process, too. The straw that broke the camel's back was his exclusion against Barcelona, presumably a tie that Guardiola cared greatly about.
And so, the rumors. Reports this morning in England are picking up Don Balon's story from yesterday in Spain. Even in the sea of transfer rumor nonsense that seems to be generated by the bucketload in Spain every day, Don Balon tends to stand out in terms of head-shaking nonsense.
I think we can safely file this one under that category as well. For good measure, here's what Guardiola said last time he was asked about this.
"I want to be clear again - I am so happy with Sergio. Hopefully he can stay for a long time here."
"I want, from deep in my heart, that he can stay here and play with us. He is a special player, he is a striker who scores millions of goals in his career. I know for strikers it depends on the moment, but we cannot forget how many goals he scores for us."
-Pep Guardiola; source: Sky
That seems pretty clear.
(I was going to talk about the whole Aguero-Torres-Chelsea situation from back in the day, but I didn't want to open up old wounds. Except I just did...)