Born Offside looks at the man backed to replace Carlos Tevez at Manchester City; his Argentine teammate Sergio Kun Aguero…

After the shattering news that Carlos Tevez wants to leave the club, Manchester City’s thoughts turned to his replacement. Kun Aguero could be the man to come in but City face competition from Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus for his signature.

The Atletico Madrid forward has announced that it is his intention to take on a new challenge, with it his ambition to join a club that challenges for major honours on a regular basis.

A cross-city switch to Real originally looked likely but with Atletico reluctant to do business with their arch-rivals, Juventus launched a bid.

But the Italian giants are yet to match Aguero’s €45million (£40m) release clause and Man City and Chelsea remain in the hunt for the 23-year-old.

His father Leo admits his son’s future is unclear. He said “I don’t know yet (where he will be playing).”

While Atletico captain Antonio Lopez is hoping Aguero will stay with Los Rojiblancos.

He said: “Every team wants a guy like Kun (Aguero). I’ve played with very few players of his quality.

“Right now he is an Atletico Madrid player and we await him with open arms. I’m sure that there is not going to be any sort of problem with the fans.”

Aguero is currently at the Copa America with Argentina and has vowed to make a decision when he returns.

Aguero netted Argentina’s only goal at the tournament as the hosts have struggled to two draws so far.

That goal is his 11th in 37 caps for his country as the forward competes with Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain for a starting berth for Argentina.

His form for Atletico has been even more eye-catching scoring over 100 goals in five years  after a €23million move from Independiente.

In the 2007-08 season, Aguero finished third in scoring in La Liga, behind Dani Guiza and Luis Fabiano, with 19 goals, and was runner up in the Trofeo Alfredo Di Stefano award.

Kun won many plaudits for his man of the match display against Barcelona in March 2008, scoring twice, assisting a goal, and winning a penalty for Atlético in a 4–2 win. He also scored important goals against the likes of Real Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla and Villarreal to help Atletico qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in over ten years.

Since then Aguero has been a wanted man and was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea two years ago.

Last season the forward was at his best plundering 27 goals in 41 games in all competitions and it seems the time is now right for Aguero to move on.

Whoever wins the race for Aguero will be signing the most exciting striker in World Football with a proven track record in La Liga and the Champions League.

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