Neymar developments good news for Manchester City

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Manchester City may be readying a late swoop for Sergio Aguero as the Argentine striker seems destined to miss out on his dream move to Real Madrid.

Aguero has previously alienated himself with the Atletico Madrid supporters after stating emphatically that he would definitely not be playing for the club in La Liga this season.

These comments may have been made on the assumption that he was about to sign for Real Madrid, but this belief now seems unlikely to materialise.

Real Madrid had indicated that they were interested in Aguero and that they were interested in negotiating a fee with their local rivals.

However, reports from Spain now indicate that a deal is virtually completed to bring Neymar to Real Madrid and it is highly unlikely that Jose Mourinho will be bringing in two big-money strikers this summer.

Marca has revealed that Real Madrid have already agreed personal terms with Neymar, which includes a six-year deal worth €5m a season.

All that remains is for the Spanish giants to settle on an asking price with Santos, with representatives set to fly to Brazil on Monday after Santos have completed their Copa Libertadores final with Penarol.

Santos have valued Neymar at €45m and although Real Madrid president Florentino Perez seems happy to meet this price tag, it appears that he will attempt to negotiate a better package.

This will leave Aguero in an awkward spot with Manchester City potentially in the best position to capture his signature, particularly as they can offer Champions League football.

Tottenham and Juventus are other known interested parties, but neither have the financial clout of Manchester City.

It is 7/2 in the Premier League odds that Manchester City win the title and adding Aguero to a strikeforce that currently already includes Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko would certainly be a major boost to their already strong claims.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.