Argentine striker set to replace another at the Etihad Stadium.
MANCHESTER CITY took their spending to new heights by signing Sergio Aguero in a deal that will cost a staggering £90million.
They agreed to pay Atletico Madrid £38m for the Argentine striker – and Aguero’s five-year contract, at more than £200,000 a week, will set City back another £52m.
But the hitman, 23, insists he is worth the money. He said: “I think like a giant, think like a winner.”
Atletico coach Gregorio Manzano hammered Aguero for leaving the Spaniards in the lurch.
Manzano raged: “This has used up a lot of valuable time when we are about to face a Europa League qualifier. He could easily have acted with more class, more care, more professionally and with more humanity.”
SOURCE: The Sun
Sergio Aguero’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium will help Roberto Mancini deal with the likely departure of Carlos Tevez this summer but the signing appears to be costing Man City a small fortune, though it is perhaps not an issue as the club does appear to have limitless funds as they look to progress further following their third place finish last term.
Aguero is a prolific marksman, 102 goals in five seasons, who has been in sparkling for Atletico Madrid in recent seasons and Mancini will hope that the Argentine international eases into Premier League life speedily, not least as the City boss has once again fallen out with striker Mario Balotelli following his recent display in a friendly match he clearly felt was a vehicle for some rather strange on field behaviour.
The £90m outlay, £38m to Atletico Madrid and £52m in wages, is a big price to pay but it is fair to say that Aguero is one of the best in the business and given that he was scoring goals for fun at a La Liga club that was by no means a title challenging one, means that he could well be a big hit.
Mancini has managed to offload a number of his expansive squad to help balance the books with the likes of Felipe Caicedo, Shay Given, Jo and Jerome Boateng leaving. It is likely that Craig Bellamy, Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor will also leave before the summer is out and no doubt Mancini is looking at other big name signings as he looks forward to the club’s maiden Champions League voyage.