Sergio Aguero will join Barcelona on a free transfer from Manchester City when his contract expires next month, the Spanish club announced on Monday.
Aguero, 32, has agreed to a two-year deal with a € 100 million buyout clause after announcing earlier this season that he would end his ten-year relationship with City.
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The striker made his last appearance as a substitute in the second half in the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
After Aguero flew to Barcelona on Sunday, he received medical care on Monday at the Creu Blanca clinic. The club’s medical staff oversaw extensive checks on his left knee, which he injured against Burnley in June last year and hampered his commitment to City that season.
Barca will give a brief presentation for Aguero on Monday before flying to Argentina to join the national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Colombia.
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Barca have been looking for a new No.9 since Luis Suarez joined Atletico Madrid last year.
President Joan Laporta had met with representatives from Erling Haaland to discuss a possible move, but the costs involved made the deal prohibitive.
Barca had to look for players in a different price bracket as a result and sources at the club refer to Aguero as a “market opportunity” as his contract with City expires on June 30 and he arrives for free.
However, Aguero’s signing does not rule out further arrivals in the summer. The club are also in talks with Lyons Memphis Depay, who are also out of contract next month, and haven’t ruled out signing a younger striker if the option arises.
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Aguero hopes to work with international teammate Lionel Messi at Camp Nou next season.
The 33-year-old Messi is also out of contract as of June 30, but talks to renew his contract are “going well” according to Laporta. Previously, sources told ESPN that Barca will hopefully sign a two-year deal with Messi with an option for another year.
Messi and Aguero have been international teammates for almost 20 years. They played side by side when Argentina won the U20 World Cup in 2005 and became gold medalists at the 2008 Olympics with the Albiceleste.
Aguero scored 260 goals for City in a decade in the Premier League, including winning the title when they won the top English league for the first time in 44 years in 2011/12.
Injuries have limited him to just 20 games and six goals this season. He faced Everton twice in his farewell game at Etihad Stadium last weekend.
Before that, he played for five years in Spain with La Liga champions Atletico, to whom he came from Independiente at the age of 18 and who scored 102 goals in 234 games.