Barcelona have been named as favourites to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero who could be handed a two-year deal by the Spanish giants.
Aguero, 32, will fall out of contract at the end of the season. He is therefore free to speak to foreign clubs and there are said to be plenty who are interested.
According to a report in The Mirror, the Argentina striker is being courted by Paris Saint Germain, Juventus and Inter. But it is Barca who lead the race and he is ‘close to’ agreeing a two-year stay at the Nou Camp.
The South American has been at the Etihad Stadium since the summer of 2011. He has enjoyed incredible success at a club that has emerged as a real force in the Premier League.
He has already claimed four Premier League titles. And he has also secured five EFL Cups and an FA Cup winners’ medal in 2018-2019.
The former Atletico Madrid ace has scored 257 goals in all competitions for the Citizens. He is the club’s all-time leading scorer and already a legend among the fans.
But injury and a positive Covid-19 test have limited his appearances in 2020-2021. Aguero has enjoyed just eight top-flight outings and scored his first league goal of the season against Fulham on Saturday.
That came in a 3-0 triumph at Craven Cottage and kept Pep Guardiola’s side well clear at top of the table. Exiting the club with a fifth title would be the perfect way to bring the curtain down on a glorious decade.
Messi factor key to Aguero signing
Barcelona seem a team in transition, with doubts over the future of superstar Lionel Messi. Like Aguero, he will be out of contract in the summer and may well end his time with the Catalans.
Newly-elected president Joan Laporta is desperate to keep the Argentinian at the club and signing his compatriot may help. The two men are good friends and Aguero’s arrival could prompt a U-turn by Messi and see him stay.
It looks set to be an exciting summer of deals involving the two clubs. But Aguero recently looked to quell the rumours that it is already a done deal.
“They are all writing Barca, Barca, Barca,” he said on his official Twitch channel. “Let’s hold on a little, have a look. Stop. We are still with City.”