I do not usually begin Chelsea articles by speaking directly to you, dear reader, but I feel that I must do so in this instance. You have likely seen variations of this article on multiple Premier League and Chelsea websites, and maybe even some less-than-reputable news outlets. You, as a massive Blues supporter, know how ridiculous this article is, and you knew that it would end up on The Pride of London at some point. You are irate that my headline piqued your curiosity. You tried your very best to avoid clicking on this article. You simply could not resist. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Sergio Aguero to Chelsea clickbait article for your reading pleasure.
Massive headlines were made last Monday, March 29 when Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero announced that he would be departing the Etihad once his contract expires at the end of this season. The 32-year-old has donned City’s sky blue since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011, and he now leaves as the club’s all-time leading scorer and a true legend of the Premier League.
With his future completely uncertain, Aguero has a summer of difficult decisions ahead of him. He will have to choose between continuing his run as one of the most dominant strikers in the recent history of the English top flight or look abroad to find a new challenge, perhaps with some of his compatriots. For the moment, though, Chelsea has been linked with the Argentinian hitman, and, in my opinion, the club should seriously consider making a move.
There are two main reasons for the Blues to sign Aguero. First, Chelsea’s current striker situation is becoming a serious issue. While he has been a solid contributor over the past few months, Timo Werner has certainly not lived up to many supporters’ expectations following his £50 million transfer from RB Leipzig last summer. His 11 assists are impressive and he has been very involved in creating chances for teammates in recent matches, but 10 goals in 40 appearances is simply not good enough to justify the price tag.
The future prospects of Chelsea’s other No. 9s are dubious as well. Both Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud could leave this summer, although it is far more likely that only one will exit. Giroud’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign, making it highly improbable that the French target man will be at Stamford Bridge next year. As for Abraham, contract talks between him and the club have reportedly been put on hold, opening the door for his departure as soon as 2023. The young Englishman has not seen much playing time under Thomas Tuchel, so it would not be surprising for him to seek out a larger role elsewhere.
The second, and more important, reason that Chelsea should try to sign Aguero is simply his greatness as a goal scorer. Even during recent seasons in which his importance to City has diminished greatly, Aguero has still been an incredibly effective striker. He scored 16 goals in the Premier League in 2019/20, despite only making 24 appearances. His intelligence in the box and ability to poach goals have always been his greatest assets, and those are unlikely to regress with age. If Aguero could turn back the clock to recapture even some of the form that catapulted him to fourth on the all-time EPL scoring list with 181 goals, he would be a serious threat for the Golden Boot.
Of course, rumors about Aguero potentially moving to West London do not carry any real weight and might not even be true at all. However, the possibility of stealing a rival club’s greatest ever player is too tempting for Chelsea to pass on him altogether, and his upside as a contributor is decent too.
If we have learned anything about Roman Abramovich during his tenure as owner, it is that he will never miss an opportunity to make a statement within the Premier League. A properly colored Blue “Kun Aguero” jersey wheeling away in celebration next season would do just that.