Manchester City former director of football Brian Marwood has revealed that the Blues were looking for a striker in 2011 and the board was fixed on Ezequiel Lavezzi before landing Sergio Aguero.
is set to leave the Citizens after ten years.
The 32-year-old striker was signed in the summer of 2011 fromAtletico Madrid
but the English club initially wanted to signNapoli
Marwood has toldThe Sun
of a conversation he had with club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak that led to the signing of Aguero:
"We already had Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli so we were after someone who would fit into that pool of forwards for Roberto Mancini. We’d been watching Sergio for a couple of years.
"He first came on to our radar when Mark Hughes was in charge but we didn’t think we could get him.
"So we’d been looking at Lavezzi. He played with Edinson Cavani at Napoli and was a good player.
"But Khaldoon had good relations with Atletico and once we were aware we could get Sergio, we had to move quickly.
"We just thought, 'Wow, this is a no-brainer'."
Manchester City were not the only club interested in securing Aguero’s services withReal Madrid
in line to win the Argentinean’s signature.
Marwood added: "Real Madrid and Juventus were pushing hard, so we had to get it done quickly.
"I have so much respect for people like Sergio because he could have gone to one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
"Yet he bought into the vision we sold to him.
"And it was done quite quickly in the end - probably only two or three weeks after we started talking."