Transfer insider Dean Jones has provided an update on Manchester City and their search for Sergio Aguero’s replacement.
Manchester City are favourites with the online bookies to retain their Premier League trophy but are set to lose a lot of goals this summer following the Argentinian’s move to Barcelona, 260 of them to be precise over the course of his time at the club, and Pep Guardiola’s men are in a desperate search to try and replace them, hence their reported move for Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
But with Spurs reportedly set to reject any and all offers that come in for him, they may be forced to look elsewhere for goals.
And speaking on the latest edition of Touchline Talk, Jones hinted that they could be in line to try and bring Inter forward Romelu Lukaku back to the Premier League, but could face something of a waiting game before they become serious over making a move:
“I want to mention that they have made initial soundings out for him and Lukaku, as it stands right now, is just saying ‘I’m gonna stay at Inter Milan.’ He wants to see how things pan out at Inter over the course of the summer before he goes into the club for pre-season.
“It’s not a great place right now, but let’s see how many players decide to leave. If it’s not too bad, I think Lukaku will stay, but he knows and he’s been made aware that Man City do like him and will be willing to pay him very handsomely if he does want to come to the Premier League.
“So that’s just one to bear in mind as well.”
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The Belgian forward, valued at £90m on Transfermarkt, would almost certainly bring goals to the side having just come off the back of a 30-goal season for the Italian champions and having scored 34 back in 2019/20, as well as having eight seasons in the Premier League under his belt, meaning he won’t need much of an adjustment period to settle back in.
But given that Aguero reportedly had some issues with Guardiola over his defensive capabilities, and defending isn’t exactly something that Lukaku is known for, ranking bottom or near the bottom in most defensive categories for Inter last year, something may have to change for him to be able to fit perfectly into the Manchester City system.
So would he be a good option for Manchester City to pursue if they can’t get Kane? Yes. But he certainly isn’t the perfect option.