Speculation has been rife over where Sergio Aguero will end up this summer.
And that talk will only continue through the end of the current campaign and into the summer months.
The Manchester City striker, one of the Premier League’s greatest ever marksmen, will leave the Etihad at the end of his contract this summer.
Aguero has been with City for ten years, signing for £38million from Atletico Madrid in 2011 in what must now be considered one of the best transfers in Premier League history.
But following an injury-hit season, the 32-year-old will be departing City for pastures new next season.
The likes of Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League have been talked up as a potential destination for him, while on the continent Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus are all reportedly interested too.
Arsenal will be talked up as a destination because of Mikel Arteta’s City background, where he spent time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager, learning the ropes before being handed his first managerial job at the Emirates.
But Arteta played down suggestions Aguero could join him in north London, pouring cold water on any hopes any Gunenrs fans might have of seeing the Argentine at the Emirates.
Speaking during his pre-match press conference ahead of the game with Liverpool, Arteta was asked if he would be ‘picking up the phone to Aguero.
“No, no,” he said. “We will see what happens with him in the future.”
Arteta did wax lyrical about the frontman though.
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He added: “First of all anybody that has been close to Sergio would say the same thing. I think he’s probably been one of the main three faces that has lifted that project.
“You need some leadership, you need some quality, you need players to create moments to start to build a project like they did. Sergio is probably the biggest face on that project. It’s not only the way he plays, his charisma, the way he plays, he’s loved by everybody at that club.
“It’s sad to see someone leaving like him. What he’s done he’ll be up there in history .Sergio has unique quality to see spaces that nobody else can see and to score goals in a really easy way. I’m sure he will find the right next chapter for him.”