Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is closing in on a summer move to La Liga side FC Barcelona. The Argentine’s representatives have reached an agreement with the club over a contract starting from next season.
Aguero announced in March that he will leave the Etihad after his contract expires at the end of the season. As a result, the former Atletico Madrid man will leave City as a free agent this summer. The club have also given him permission to sign a pre-contract with his future club.
The 32-year-old forward is the Citizens all-time top goal-scorer with 258 goals in 388 games. He is also the Premier League‘s fourth record goal-scorer with 182 goals to his name. He will leave City after adding another league title to his accolade this season, his fifth English title in ten years at the club.
Aguero also has a chance to add his and City’s first-ever Champions League title on 30th May, as they face Chelsea in the competition’s final.
Aguero’ move to Barcelona imminent:
According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Aguero’s move to Barcelona is gathering pace and the deal will be made official after the Champions League final.
As per the report, Aguero will sign a two-year deal with the Catalan club. He currently earns around £10 million at City and he is willing to take a pay-cut to secure a move to Spain.
There were interest from Chelsea as well. But Aguero is ‘crazy’ to join his national teammate Lionel Messi at Barcelona. He told his representatives about his desire to team up with his Argentine mate and his representatives told club president Joan Laporta and those in charge of the club.
Barcelona think Aguero’s arrival at Camp Nou will also convince Messi to stay at the club. The 33-year-old striker’s contract at the club expires at the end of the season. There are talks of him signing a new two-year deal and a chance to play with Aguero at his boyhood club.
How Aguero will fit at Barca
Aguero’s last season at City has been curtailed by injuries. He has only made 11 league appearances, scoring two goals and providing a solitary assist. But when on-form, he is arguably one of the world’s most lethal strikers and he has proven that during his decade spell in the Premier League.
His vast experience will be a valuable asset for Ronald Koeman’s side. The club also hope that his recent spell under legendary manager Pep Guardiola will serve him well at Camp Nou. Aguero also has La Liga experience, playing five seasons for Atletico Madrid, scoring 96 goals in the process.
Barcelona only have Martin Braithwaite as a recognised number nine at the club. Antoine Greizmann and Messi have played together upfront this season. But Messi often has to drop deep to create chances, leaving Griezmann as a lonely figure in attack. If he stays fit, Aguero can solve that problem with ease.
As for City, Guardiola has recently played without a number nine and has done incredibly well. It remains to be seen if he sticks with the same system next season or signs Aguero replacement in the summer.