Barcelona have emerged as ‘favourites’ to sign Sergio Aguero after confirmation that the forward will leave Manchester City this summer.
Aguero has announced that he will leave the club this summer after a decade of success at the Etihad, the star having been one of the key figures in City‘s emergence as the most successful side in English football in recent years.
The 32-year-old has won four Premier League titles amongst his major honours and is the club’s all-time record goalscorer with 257 goals in all competitions, none more important than that dramatic stoppage-time winner that sealed the first of those title successes on the final day of the 2011/12 season.
Aguero will leave at the end of his contract after a frustrating final season for Pep Guardiola’s side, making just four league starts and scoring once due to a combination of injuries and illness.
After releasing a statement confirming his impending departure, attentions have now turned towards the Argentine’s next destination and the Manchester Evening News are reporting Barcelona are the favourites for his signature.
Recently-elected president, Joan Laporta, had raised the prospect of signing Aguero during his presidential campaign and a move to the Camp Nou would provide the star with the chance to link-up with long-term international teammate and close friend, Lionel Messi, should the latter remain with the Catalan side.
Barcelona’s concerning finances make Aguero a hugely attractive option on a free transfer, with the Spanish side having also been linked with moves for fellow free agents Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum this summer as they look to strengthen.
Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus have also been suggested as potential destinations and Aguero – the highest-scoring foreign player in Premier League history – looks set to have his choice of Europe’s elite clubs even given his injury record in recent seasons.