Though nothing has been signed or sealed as of this moment, the rumours are rife that Sergio Aguero will sign for Barcelona once the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea has been played.
The Argentinian has had a storied career so far, having burst onto the European scene at Atletico Madrid before signing for Man City and becoming their all-time record goalscorer, including the strike which won them their first-ever Premier League title.
Soon to turn 33, the stocky centre-forward still knows where the goal is, but his injury record of late isn’t the best.To that end, the question has to be asked as to whether he really is the right man to lead Barcelona into a new era.
Of course, president Joan Laporta isn’t stupid. He will realise that by signing Leo Messi’s room-mate for international breaks, that it would make a decision to leave even more difficult for the world’s best player.
There’s even a suggestion that Aguero only intends signing for the Camp Nou outfit if he gets to play alongside Messi, so can we assume that, despite all the cloak and dagger nonsense surrounding Barca’s No.10 at present, that he is intending to stay?
If not, why would he allow one of his best friends in football to sign for a club that he might leave?! That clearly wouldn’t add up.
Assuming that the rumours are true and Aguero is wearing blaugrana next season, what can he offer the Catalans?
For a start, he’s an out an out striker, which is something Barca have lacked since Luis Suarez was unceremoniously sent packing to Atletico Madrid.
Martin Braithwaite has done a job in the interim, but isn’t in the class of Aguero, who also guarantees goals. Something that the Dane has only come up with sporadically.
It’s also worth pointing out that the connection between Messi and Aguero is verging on the telepathic.
The two instinctively seem to know where the other will be, and it’s a working relationship that won’t take an awful lot of work to be successful at club level.
Given Aguero’s willingness to lower his salary demands too, that’s another factor that weighs heavily in his favour.
They’ll get him on a free transfer, so with no real initial outlay as such, it’s a signing that makes financial as well as footballing sense.