Chelsea’s hopes of pursuing Manchester City superstar Sergio Agüero have been shot down by the Qatari-owned club.
As reported by the Times, the Citizens have been adamant that Agüero will not be sold despite interest in the striker from the north Londoners, as well as French giants Paris Saint-Germain
Indeed, it has been suggested that rather than letting the Argentine leave the club, where he has secured legendary status, manager Pep Guardiola is envisioning pairing him with fellow South American superstar Alexis Sanchez.
However, this has only lead to more questions, as the possible addition of Sanchez would lead to a complete log-jam in attacking areas for City, with Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Bernando Silva, David Silva and Raheem Sterling already vying for only four starting spots, with the returning Samir Nasri and Patrick Roberts finding themselves in an even more uncertain situation.
City are already on the verge of offloading Nigerian starlet Kelechi Iheanacho to Leicester City in a £25m move, with the twenty-year-old left out of the squad currently touring the United States so as to complete the transfer.
And Chelsea, who have had a shambolic summer in trying to replace supposedly departing Diego Costa, were reported by Spanish publication AS yesterday to have turned their eye to Agüero. Having previously failed to secure a return for Romelu Lukaku and being unsure of signing either Alvaro Morata and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, publicly failing in such a pursuit could be the final straw for manager Antonio Conte.
The Italian, who previously departed both Bari and Juventus in his homeland in protest over transfer dealings, could find himself with only Michy Batshuayi as a legitimate first team striker to start the season. Youngster Dominic Solanke forced a move to Liverpool earlier this summer, while fellow academy prospect Tammy Abraham already committed to a season on loan with Swansea, and the aforementioned Costa is fixated on a return to Atletico Madrid.
And City’s strong, and public, rebuttal of their suggested interest in Agüero is sure to further aggravate the manager as the new season looms for the champions.