The 32-year-old striker is leaving Manchester City at the end of the 2020-2021 season. Recall that the club announced recently that Sergio Aguero’s contract would not be extended when it expires in June 2021.
Since then, there have been speculations linking a couple of top European strikers to the club including the highly-rated Erling Braut Haaland of Borussia Dortmund. The 20-year-old Norwegian striker has maintained a perfect form since the 2019-2020 season and has continued with the trend this season.
He has scored 33 goals and provided 8 assists in 31 games in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund this season. The stunning stats have made him one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe.
Hence, Borussia Dortmund could place as much as 150 to 200 million euros on the player if any club comes for his services this summer. But the 20-year-old striker will be as cheap as €75 million in the 2022 summer transfer window due to the release clause attached to his contract.
Due to how expensive the striker is and other strikers like Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur and Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint Germain who have been linked to City, Pep Guardiola said the club would not buy an expensive striker this summer.
“I don’t know what is going to happen but at these prices, we are not going to buy any striker,” Pep Guardiola said.
“It’s impossible. We cannot afford it. All the clubs are struggling financially, us as well. Today there is more chance we will not buy a striker next season.”
Besides not having the money to buy a new striker that will replace Sergio Aguero, the Manchester City coach said the Argentine striker is not replaceable at the club.
The 32-year-old striker is currently the club’s all-time highest goalscorer at Manchester City. He has scored a whopping 257 goals and provided 73 assists in 384 games in all competitions.
Based on these numbers, the coach of Manchester City believes that no striker can be able to replicate what Sergio Aguero has done at Manchester City between 2011 and 2021.
“We know how important he is in present and past, these decisions are never easy,” Guardiola said.
“Maybe we are going to find a new player to replace him but in terms of numbers? Impossible. In terms of what he means? Impossible.”