Manchester City are on the verge of offering Sergio Aguero a bank-busting new contract worth in the region of £52 over five years according to The Sun.
The ultimate object of offering him improved terms is to ward off interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Yet we live in an era when the twin issues of Financial Fair Play and limiting the amount of imported players are increasingly important.
Read on for three reasons why the Citizens’ moneymen may wish to cash in their chips on the former Atletico Madrid man.
‘Kun’ has missed 33 games through injury over the last two campaigns.
His abilities to find the net in a variety of scarcely imaginable ways isn’t in doubt, but it might just be that the striker isn’t built for the long-term physical strain of an entire season of Premier League football.
At least two other players have hit league-goal double figures in each of Aguero’s City seasons.
The Citizens’ well-stocked striking pantry has meant that there have always been other marksmen around to share the scoring burden during his time in Manchester.
Indeed Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure have earned the Premier League top-scorer plaudits in the last two seasons for Manuel Pellegrini’s charges.
Stevan Jovetic is primed to make his mark after a World Cup fatigue free pre-season.
There have already been tantalising flashes of the ability that convinced City to snaffle the Montenegrin last summer, such as when he opened the scoring as they dumped Chelsea out of the FA Cup.
While Aguero continued his off-on relationship with getting close to match fitness in Brazil, Jovetic was likely perusing a decent paperback with his feet up, leaving him in a far better position to rise and sign at the season’s genesis.
Piffle? Poppycock? Codswallop? Readers who disagree with agree the above contentions can back Aguero to be Premier League top scorer next term at a favourite’s 4/1.