FERGUSON IN FOR £35M AGUERO
Sunday August 2,2009
By John Richardson
MANCHESTER UNITED boss Sir Alex Ferguson has targeted Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Aguero as the man to provide the missing Old goals.
Argentinian Aguero, 21, is seen as the ideal replacement for Carlos Tevez, having formed a potent partnership with ex-United striker Diego Forlan in La Liga.
Ferguson, despite bringing in hitman Michael Owen on a free transfer from Newcastle United, sill privately feels that there are missing cogs in the Old Trafford goal machine after the summer departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Tevez.
The son-in-law of Argentina manager Diego Maradona, Aguero has admirers throughout Europe and so far Atletico Madrid have been beating off all enquiries by quoting an asking price of £50million.
But United, together with other interested clubs like AC Milan and Barcelona, believe that is too high and Ferguson is weighing up an offer of around £35m.
The United boss will also use the opportunity of Valencia’s visit to Old Trafford for a friendly on Wednesday night to bring himself up to date on the situation regarding highly-rated David Villa and David Silva.
Teenage Gremio midfielder Douglas Costa, valued at £20m and seen as someone with a huge future ahead of him in the world game, is another on United’s radar.
Ferguson said: “We lost two good players in Ronaldo and Tevez but Manchester United is a club that moves on.
“We have done that in recent years when we lost David Beckham, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and players like that.”