Man City news – Aguero deal nears completion, Sorensen eyed as Hart cover, Sir Alex looking forward to derby

Aguero deal nears completion.

According to a report in the Independent, the transfer of Sergio Aguero to City is close to completion.

Khaldoon Al-Muabarak has apparently been in Spain over the last few days talking to Atletico Madrid offcials to tie up the £38m move. Upon completion of the deal Aguero may be expected to fly direct to Manchester to join up with his new teammates, maybe as early as the end of this week.

The striker has been staying in Argentina on holiday after his team’s departure from the Copa America tournament. Aguero – who scored 20 goals in 31 La Liga starts last season – again showed his value in the tournament, being arguably La Albiceste’s best player with three goals. Perhaps ironically he ended up replacing Carlos Tevez in their starting line-up.

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Sorensen eyed as Hart cover.

There are reports in today’s Sun, that Thomas Sorensen could be on his way to Manchester City as cover for England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Sorensen has let his frustration at the state of his contract talks with Stoke City: “It’s frustrating when you just want to play football but the situation is a bit complicated at the moment. Nothing has been decided about my future yet.” It had been anticipated that the keeper would be staying at Stoke but his comments suggest otherwise.

The 35-year-old Danish keeper has played in England since 1998. Making nearly 400 appearances most notably for Aston Villa and before that Sunderland, Sorensen would represent a considerably experienced back up for Hart, even if perhaps his best days may be behind him. City may face competition from West Bromwich Albion if the keeper decides to move.

Sir Alex looking forward to derby.

ESPN report that Sir Alex Ferguson used a press conference ahead of a Manchester United friendly to comment on the Community Shield against Manchester City.

Sir Alex referred to United’s the Community Shield as the opportunity to “address our niosy neighbours” – a term first used by Sir Alex in 2009.

City have joined United in the Champions League and beat The Red Evils in last season’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Accordingly Sir Alex may be eager for revenge especially as Ferguson, has acknowledged the Blue’s are on the rise and that they will represent a challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Wenger, Mourinho and Keegan’s teams have all received his broadsides in the past. Perhaps now it’s City’s turn.

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