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Barcelona think Sergio Aguero wants Lionel Messi reunion as transfer terms filter out


Barcelona are determined to sign Sergio Aguero in this summer’s transfer window, according to reports. However, Joan Laporta won’t match his salary at Manchester City. And they’re not the only club keen on the Argentina international as well, with Chelsea and Juventus also in the mix.

Barcelona need a new striker.

Though Lionel Messi has continued to score with unnerving frequency, they’re yet to fill the void left behind from Luis Suarez’s departure to Atletico Madrid.

Additionally, neither Antoine Griezmann or Martin Braithwaite are up to scratch – with both players struggling for consistency over at the Nou Camp.

As a result, Barcelona are eyeing Aguero.

Yet Sport say they won’t match his salary of £11million per year, with the club’s finances impacted by the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Instead, Barcelona would prefer to give Aguero a lower salary so that bonuses can help him make more money should he move to Catalonia.

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A pay cut is the only way for the Manchester City star to play alongside Messi at the club next season, with the La Liga giants making it clear that must happen.

No firm offer has been made at the current moment in time.

Yet they do think Aguero wants to play alongside Messi and, therefore, believe they’re currently frontrunners in the race to sign the former Atletico Madrid star.

The Argentina international is being tracked by Chelsea, too.

Thomas Tuchel’s top target is Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, who has scored 31 goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League combined this term.

But if the Blues miss out they’re widely expected to go after Aguero, despite him scoring against them on numerous occasions over the years.

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“Like he said in his statement, things come to an end. With all his contributions to City as a club and the fans, I think it’s well deserved.

“Everyone knows how much I love Aguero. He’s always been the best striker in Manchester City.

“He’s by far one of the best strikers (the Premier League has seen). He’s proven it by scoring 200+ goals and that is unbelievable.

“He’s not always been at Manchester City, he was with Atletico and Argentina where he starts there, he’s been scoring and it’s unbelievable.

“He’s up there with Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, a big, big player. For me, before we signed a striker and changed the mindset of this club, I always said ‘if we can get this kind of player like Aguero, it will be massive for the club’.

“Of course, we had already had Carlos Tevez, Zabaleta, for me, Aguero was a figure.

“When he came, he was always smiling and working with him was a great pleasure. Of course, when things are so nice you want it to carry on but everything comes to an end.

“It’s quite bad for the fans, when he signs for another club, it will be quite difficult to see that but that is football.

“I think for me, it’s a difficult prediction (where he’ll go). As players get to this age, some want to go home, some want to finish it nicely, I think Aguero will have more ambition to do something else.

“There have been some people that have been talking about Barcelona which would allow him and his best friend, Lionel Messi, to be part of the same team again.

“He’s a free agent, he can go wherever he wants. It depends on what he wants and what he wants to achieve in the future.”





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