Date: 7th May 2021 at 7:25pm
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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have become the bar for all teams in Europe to aspire to reach, but it has all been done without a traditional striker. 

Victory against their future Champions League final opponents Chelsea this weekend, will not only strike a major blow against the Blues ahead of their tumultuous contest in Istanbul on the 29th May, it will also win their third Premier League title under the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager.

However, it has been a title won with pragmatism, solidity and ruthlessness, rather than the all-out attacking and passing philosophy that formed the foundations of their centurion and domestic treble winning seasons of 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Ruben Dias and John Stones have been the impenetrable spine which has only conceded 24 goals in 34 Premier League games, while the majority of their goals have come from midfield with Ilkay Gundogan as the Citizen’s top goalscorer with 12 goals.

The most shocking aspect of all is this could be City’s greatest ever season in their history and it has all been done with minimum involvement from leading-all time scorer Sergio Aguero, who announced earlier in the campaign he will depart the Etihad upon the expiration of his contract in June.

According to Sky Sports, La Liga giants Barcelona are preparing to swoop for the Argentinean and are ready to pair him with his international team mate and friend Lionel Messi in what could be a ferocious attacking line.

Aguero is City’s all-time leading goalscorer.

According to Sky, initial talks have been held between Aguero and the Catalans, who believe bringing the City striker, who has scored 258 goals in 387 matches in the blue half of Manchester, could help encourage Messi to commit his future at the Camp Nou.

Messi tried to leave the club last year, but stayed after clubs could not pay his astonishing buy out clause and he did not want to take Barca to court.

Messi’s contract expires at the end of this season, meaning he would be free to leave, but the La Liga giants are still putting on a charm offensive to keep their superstar at the club.

 
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