By now, all Atletico fans will be aware that Sergio Aguero is a wanted man. The want away Argentina international has attracted the interest of many top clubs since making his intentions to leave the Vicente Calderon clear.
Aguero believes he could progress his career better elsewhere. There are however, a number of reasons why this isn’t necessarily the case.
First of all, the clubs rumoured to be interested in purchasing the striker aren’t exactly in desperate need of a forward. Manchester City have the likes of Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli. Real Madrid have Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain. Chelsea are loaded with Didier Drogba, Nicholas Anelka and Fernando Torres.
Aguero would hardly add anything to these clubs and unlike at the Calderon, would be in a fight to get regular first team action.
Look at Fernando Torres for example. Torres, at both Atleti and Liverpool, was the star man in attack. He was regularly scoring goals and was getting plenty of game time.
El Niño hit 91 goals in 249 appearances donning the red and white, and 81 goals from 142 games for Liverpool. The cantera product then moved to Chelsea.
The Spaniard, no longer the top dog up front, had a miserable time at Stamford Bridge. 18 appearances reaped just one goal and while he still has time to turn things around, many people, including Liverpool legend John Aldridge, believe the world of football has already seen the best of Torres. Chasing success, it seems, can come at a price.
Kun will want to ensure this doesn’t happen, wherever he ends up playing next season. He will want to be playing regularly, scoring often, and while he might transfer to the likes of Chelsea or City and be a hit, previous examples show this isn’t a guarantee.
Another club interested in our number 10, Juventus, can offer Kun regular first team football. The list of strikers at the Turin-based club lacks that real world-class front man. Alessandro Del Piero is in the twilight of his career, as is Luca Toni, while Vincenzo Iaquinta is on the wrong side of 30.
The Bianconeri have made it clear they are looking for a marquee signing this summer, with Agüero and Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi at the top of the list.
Realistically, this would be more of a step sideways rather than forward for Kun. Juventus are still finding their feet following the match-fixing scandal that saw them relegated to Serie B and are no better off than Atletico in terms of recent success.
In fact, Atletico’s 2010 Europa League title makes them more successful than Juve over the last five years after the Bianconeri had two league titles taken off them.
Aguero is said to be frustrated by the dominance of La Liga by Real Madrid and Barcelona. If this is so, why move to a league where the last six titles have been won by either Inter Milan or AC Milan?
Would Kun really be able to move his career forward at a club that finished, like Atleti, in 7th place last year?
Yes, many fans are unhappy at his willingness to move to Real and say that they would rather him leave than stay because of this. But if given the option of a full apology and 25 goals next campaign, I’m sure all would be forgiven.
Kun is a fan favourite and will continue to be so should he stay on as a Rojiblanco.
I can sympathise with Kun, he probably could win more trophies elsewhere but, it is already known that he can score goals for los Colchoneros and he is assured plenty of game time at the Vicente Calderón.
The 23-year-old has the chance of becoming a club legend. Instead of leaving, he should stay and be the cornerstone on which the next title-winning Atletico side is built around.
We won’t know more about his situation until he returns from Copa America but, for the good of the club and for the good of Kun’s career, lets hope he is wearing a red and white shirt come kick-off against Real Sociedad on the 21st of August.