Barcelona are ‘finalising’ a deal to sign Sergio Aguero on a free transfer when he leaves Manchester City at the end of next month.
After it was decided earlier this year that he would not be signing a new deal in Manchester, Aguero is to leave the club after 10 years in which he has become the club’s all-time record goalscorer, as well as the highest scoring overseas player in Premier League history.
Despite early links to Chelsea and Tottenham, Barcelona look increasingly likely to have won the race for the veteran striker. Aguero is already free to discuss his future with non-English clubs and things have progressed quickly with Barça after initial talks began two weeks ago.
It is also expected that Aguero has accepted a squad rotation role that means he will not always be a regular starter and could perhaps replace Martin Braithwaite’s current position.
Now, ESPN reports that Barça are ‘working on finalising’ the potential deal. It is said that Aguero also has other ‘important’ offers, although his willingness to lower his wages is important for the club. He is also seen as a potential catalyst by Camp Nou officials for Lionel Messi to sign a new deal.
Barça had initially been intent on signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund but a difficult financial position was always going to make launching a big close to impossible.
The club also remain interest in Lyon forward Memphis Depay, who is another player out of contract this summer. The Dutch international has spoken publicly about Barça’s interest in him but insists that he still has other options and has not yet made a decision.
It is true that Barcelona are interested in signing me,” he told L’Equipe in France.
“But there are also other clubs in the race. I’ve not decided my future at the moment. I need some time then I’ll choose my next club.”