Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero has reportedly agreed a two-year-deal to join Barcelona this summer, the forward set to leave the Etihad when his contract expires this summer.
The diminutive Argentine has been a revelation since his arrival from Atletico Madrid a decade ago, going on to swiftly cement cult status with that stoppage time winner against Queens Park Rangers on the final day in 2012, while he’s since become the club’s record goalscorer with 258 goals to-date.
Like all good things, however, his time in Manchester is set to come to an end this summer, the club having already announced that he will move on when his contract expires at the end of the season, after a hugely successful ten-year spell in which he has won five Premier League titles.
While he could well add to that with a Champions League triumph next week, the focus is now on where forward will be playing next season, rumours suggesting that the top-flight’s fourth highest goalscorer ever could be set for a stay in England.
However, as per the Guardian, the City legend will be bringing an end to his time in the Premier League, the player having agreed a two-year-deal with La Liga giants Barcelona.
The switch could see Aguero link-up with friend and compatriot Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp, should the six-time Ballon d’Or winner opt to sign a new contract to stay in Catalonia.
The report suggests that Aguero will receive a smaller wage then he was offered elsewhere, yet his preferred destination was La Blaugrana, while he could also be in line for a bonus should the club triumph in Europe in the next two seasons.
Amid the club’s current troubles, however, lifting the Champions League any time soon does appear unlikely, with problems on and off the pitch having seen the historic club begin to decline.
Faced with crippling debt, the club’s newly-elected president Joan Laporta is likely to have to pursue free agents this summer, with Aguero set to be joined by current teammate Eric Garcia, as well as former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay.
Not only in economic turmoil, a turbulent campaign has also left doubts about the suitability of current boss Ronald Koeman, leading to suggestions he could be replaced at the end of the season.
There is also the issue of Aguero himself, a player who has struggled with injury this season and is set to turn 33 in June, the club having let fellow veteran Luis Suarez depart last summer.
As for City, their superb domestic and European campaign has seen Pep Guardiola opt not to deploy a recognised centre-forward for much of the season, although that has not quashed suggestions that a new striker will be brought in in the upcoming window, both Erling Haaland and Harry Kane having been mentioned as possible targets.