Sergio Aguero is closing in on a summer transfer to Barcelona following a local report that the soon to be ex-Manchester City striker has reached an agreement ‘in principle’ with the Catalan club.
Aguero is leaving City as a free agent this summer when his contract expires and is already permitted to negotiate a potential pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs to secure his next move.
It stands to be a two-year deal until 2023 and Aguero is said to have lowered his initial salary expectations in order to secure the move to Camp Nou and fulfil his dreams of playing alongside long-time friend and international colleague Lionel Messi at club level.
It is also suggested that Aguero, who turns 33 next month, has agreed to primarily fill a squad rotation role at Barca, perhaps replacing Martin Braithwaite in that sense.
Coach Ronald Koeman has given his blessing to the signing as long as it does not rule out Barca landing former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay from Lyon. Like Aguero, the Dutch international is also soon to be out of contract and would be another free transfer.
Despite his lengthy connection with City, Aguero had previously been tipped to stay in England with the intention of furthering his Premier League goal tally - he is already the league’s all-time leading goalscorer from overseas - and was linked with both Chelsea and Tottenham as a result.
Aguero was just 18 when he first arrived in Spain from boyhood club Independiente and went on to score 101 goals in 234 appearances for Atletico, including 75 in La Liga. He has also long maintained that he wishes to play for Independiente again in the future before he retires.