Manchester City will confirm Sergio Aguero has signed a new contract before the start of the season and are ready to reward Fernandinho with an improved deal.
Aguero is tied to the club until 2019 but it’s understood that an extension was agreed in principle in January.
The 28-year-old Argentina striker, who scored the first goal of the Pep Guardiola era against Borussia Dortmund in Shenzhen, has said that he wants to return to old club Independiente at the end of his career.
But he has become an iconic figure at the Etihad since a £38million move from Atletico Madrid in 2011, and City want to keep him for as long as possible while he remains one of the world’s top strikers.
They also plan to sit down with Fernandinho’s representatives to discuss a new contract after he emerged as one of their best performers last season and was then identified as a key player by Guardiola.
Fernandinho, 31, still has two years left on the five-year deal he signed in 2013 following a £30m move from Shakhtar Donetsk, but City want to extend his contract.
Singling out the Brazil midfielder as someone who could easily play in central defence, Guardiola said: ‘I think Fernandinho can play in 10 different positions, because he has the quality to play wherever.
‘He can play in defence, he is quick, aggressive, intelligent and strong in the air. He has the quality to create good build-up play and can play a forward pass.’
City landed back in England on Friday following their tour of China and will set about tying up a number of transfers before the start of the new Premier League season in two weeks’ time.
John Stones’ move from Everton will go through once the clubs can finally agree on a figure, having established that the England defender wants to leave Goodison Park and join City.
They have offered £40m for Stones and are refusing to meet Everton’s demand for £50m, although it’s expected they will meet somewhere in between – as was the case in negotiations with Liverpool for Raheem Sterling 12 months ago.