Barcelona have 'agreement in place' to sign Sergio Aguero on a free

Barcelona have ‘agreement in place’ to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero on a free transfer – with new president Joan Laporta ‘very close’ to getting the deal for the Argentine over the line

  • Barcelona have reportedly agreed a deal with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero 
  • Argentine striker would sign a two-year deal on a free transfer in the summer
  • The deal could make forward Lionel Messi staying at the Nou Camp more likely 
  • Agreement with Aguero is not expected to preclude a move for Erling Haaland 

Barcelona have an ‘agreement in place’ to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero on a free transfer, with a deal understood to be ‘very close’.

New Barcelona president Joan Laporta has agreed to sanction a two-year contract for the 32-year-old, lasting until June 2023.

Argentine striker Aguero’s contract at the Etihad expires this summer, meaning clubs outside Spain could start contract negotiations from back in January for a move that would not involve a transfer fee.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has reportedly agreed a two-year deal with Barcelona

Aguero, who scored his first league goal of the season on Saturday, would move on a free

Barcelona president Joan Laporta (left) has approved the prospective move for the Argentine

According to AS, the only reason the contract has not been signed is because although Laporta is due to become president shortly, Carles Tusquets is in interim charge.

Aguero’s agent Hernan Reguera had offered the 97-cap international to the three presidential candidates Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa, with his words evidently striking a chord with lawyer Laporta.

The Catalan giants have already snapped up promising City centre half Eric Garcia, 20, on a five-year contract, also a free transfer.

The Catalan giants have already snapped up City centre half Eric Garcia (50) on a similar deal

The Aguero move could mean talismanic forward Lionel Messi (top right) is more likely to stay

Aguero has won 10 trophies at the Etihad

And a fresh start the Nou Camp is likely to have proved tempting to Aguero, who scored his first Premier League goal of an injury-hit season with a penalty against Fulham on Saturday.

The renewal could also mean a longer stay for talismanic forward and compatriot Lionel Messi, with the Spanish daily newspaper suggesting the deal for Aguero might be conditional on Messi remaining at the club.

Legendary former Barcelona goalkeeper and director of football Andoni Zubizarreta strongly considered signing Aguero in 2014, before eventually plumping for Luis Suarez, who proved a huge success at the club.

It is also understood that signing the 5’8″ forward would not preclude a move for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, who is considered the centrepiece of Barcelona’s recruitment for next campaign.

Aguero would provide excellent cover and competition for the Norwegian, adding a clear step up in quality from Martin Braithwaite and offering a game-changing option and massive experience.

However, the move may sour relations between Laporta and boss Ronald Koeman, who has been requesting the signing of Lyon’s Memphis Depay, whose contract also expires this summer, for more than a year.

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