Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak insists transfer gossip that Sergio Agüero could be sold are ridiculous because the Argentine striker is a vital player for the club.
Agüero is key to City
Agüero lost his place in Pep Guardiola's starting line-up following the arrival of Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesús in January. The 28-year-old, who has scored 122 league goals in 181 appearances since joining from Atlético de Madrid in 2011, returned to the team following an injury to Jesús and finished the season as City's top scorer.
Yet that has not stopped rumours about his future, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid all linked with the star, but Khaldoon is adamant Agüero is far too important to lose. “I've read a lot about the speculation on this and it is ridiculous”, Khaldoon said on City's official club website on Tuesday. “Sergio Agüero is one of the best players in the world and we are a team that aspires to win in every competition we compete in. Having Sergio Agüero as part of the squad is an absolute must and has never been a doubt.'
Ederson close to City move
Meanwhile, Benfica goalkeeper Ederson is reportedly due to arrive in Manchester later today as he closes in on a move to City. The club is still negotiating a settlement on the 23-year-old's third-party ownership issues, but the club hope he will undergo a medical this afternoon. Ederson would become Guardiola's second pre-season signing after Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva completed his move to the club on Friday.