Sergio Aguero is willing to unite with Lionel Messi at Barcelona next summer after his contract at Manchester City comes to an end.
Barcelona have been given a major boost in their pursuit of a striker, as Sergio Aguero is open to a move to Catalonia next summer, according to El Chiringuito. The Manchester City superstar, who was expected to return to his homeland, could now potentially see himself pairing up with national teammate Lionel Messi at Barca next season.
Aguero’s current contract at Man City expires at the end of the 2020/21 campaign. There haven’t been any talks of a potential contract extension either, essentially meaning that the forward will become a free agent next summer. He could even leave the club in January for a cut-price.
That does seem unlikely, however, if we consider Manchester City’s treatment of the Eric Garcia transfer saga that saw them block the defender’s move to Barcelona in the summer even though his contract is set to expire at the end of the campaign.
Aguero, therefore, can only hope to move to Catalonia in the summer, where he will likely to be considered as a direct replacement for Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan international was sold by Barca to rivals Atletico Madrid in the summer – one of many controversial moves made by the club in recent years.
The Blaugrana haven’t had too much luck without the services of Suarez, often over-relying on young Ansu Fati. The youngster’s apparent long-term injury, combined with Messi’s relative drop in productivity now puts Ronald Koeman in a delicate situation. It has even led to the club getting desperate to secure a contract extension for Ousmane Dembele in recent weeks.
The potential addition of Aguero, therefore, could serve as a breath of fresh air for Koeman. The Argentine has a sensational track record in the Premier League, having netted 180 goals in just 265 matches. He has also won nearly 100 caps for the national team, scoring 41 goals, which reflects his pedigree at the highest level of football.
More importantly, the 32-year-old shares an excellent relationship with Messi, meaning his potential arrival at the club could even help the club keep hold of their skipper next summer. Incidentally, though, the Argentine icon was linked with a move to Man City in the summer, so Aguero’s potential arrival at the club could be quite the change in scenery.