Exclusive – Leeds have emerged as contenders to secure the services of soon-to-be free agent Sergio Aguero.
Aguero recently confirmed he would not be extending his stay with the Premier League champions elect, bringing an end to an illustrious ten-year spell with the club.
The Whites broke their transfer record last year with the £27m acquisition of Valencia forward Rodrigo, but the Spaniard has failed to live up to expectations at Elland Road – scoring just three times in 18 Premier League outings – and Leeds are keen to cash in on him this summer.
Rodrigo’s departure will leave Marcelo Bielsa’s side in need of attacking reinforcements, and 90min understands Aguero has been pinpointed as a summer transfer target.
Bielsa is a known fan of his compatriot and it’s hoped that, despite Leeds being unable to offer Champions League football, the prospect of moving to a club where he wouldn’t be required to relocate from his current home in the north west could prove an attractive option.
Along with the geographical pluses of the move, Leeds are hoping their plans for development and the passion of the fans could play a huge part in Aguero’s decision this summer.
Despite their interest in the outgoing City forward, Leeds have no intention of selling current number one striker Patrick Bamford with negotiations ongoing over a new deal.
Unsurprisingly Aguero has already been noted of a whole host of clubs interested in signing him this summer, with the 32-year-old aware of options in Spain, France, Italy, the Middle East and MLS and he’s said to be ‘pleasantly surprised’ by the interest shown in him so far. The offer from his old club Independiente also has a real chance of taking him back to Argentina.
Leeds aren’t the first Premier League side to have lodged their interest in the Argentina international, with Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham all keeping tabs on the man whose tally of 181 Premier League goals currently sees him sitting fourth in the competition’s all-time leading goalscorers charts.
90min exclusively revealed recently that Chelsea are keen to lure him to Stamford Bridge as they look to revamp their forward options, meaning Leeds are going to have a battle on their hands if they’re to convince him to move to Elland Road.