Sergio Aguero is ‘delaying’ his Barcelona move ‘until he knows Lionel Messi is STAYING’ at the Nou Camp… with Juventus and other rival suitors paying close attention to the situation
- Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City after a trophy-laden decade soon
- Barcelona looked to have snapped up Aguero but the situation is complicated
- Mundo Deportivo claim Aguero’s deal depends on whether Lionel Messi stays
- The future of talisman Messi is unclear after another poor season for Barcelona
Sergio Aguero is adamant that he will not officially sign for Barcelona until he knows whether Lionel Messi will stay at the club, according to reports.
Manchester City ace Aguero looks set to move to the Nou Camp this summer as a free agent and there were even indications that he would undergo his medical on Monday – just two days after the Champions League final.
But the situation now looks to have taken a twist at the 11th hour with Mundo Deportivo claiming that the green light will only come from Aguero when the future of talisman Messi is clearer.
Sergio Aguero’s move to Barcelona may hinge on Lionel Messi signing an extension at the club
The deal for Aguero looked to have been sealed with the terms of his lucrative contract agreed and City emotionally confirming his departure after a trophy-laden decade of service.
His friendship with Messi is a potential snag, however, with Aguero believing they would work well together on the pitch and that he would fit in alongside the mercurial superstar’s dazzling playing style.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta admitted recently that discussions with Messi over a new contract are ‘going well’, but no agreement has yet been reached, with Paris Saint-Germain and City still thought to be interested in signing him this summer.
Messi is yet to agree to stay at Barcelona this summer following another disappointing season
Barcelona have been left in the lurch after a disappointing campaign, which may also see boss Ronald Koeman leave this summer, and Aguero was earmarked as the first big-name addition to help spark a recovery.
It is believed Aguero’s camp have told Barcelona that they are keen not to rush into a final decision, although the club remain confident the switch will get across the line sooner rather than later.
However, despite the Catalan outfit being confident an agreement is just a matter of time, there are a number of other clubs interested in swooping to snap up Aguero.
A host of Premier League teams are thought to have pushed for the veteran ace in recent days, and Juventus are also keeping a keen eye on City’s all-time record scorer.
Aguero and Messi are Argentina team-mates and will hope to keep up the connection in Spain
The same outlet add that Aguero’s priority is to take up the next chapter of his career at Barcelona alongside compatriot Messi – but his other potential suitors are hopeful of stealing in.
It has been reported that Aguero, however, may still press ahead with his original plans to join Barcelona by having his medical checks before putting pen to paper next week ahead of linking up with Argentina for the Copa America.
Mundo Deportivo say that these developments would suggest Messi is close to agreeing to remain at the club.
Departing Manchester City ace Aguero bid farewell to the top-flight in the victory over Everton
Aguero was also able to lift the Premier League trophy once again before he leaves for free
Fresh from City sealing another Premier League title this month, a teary Pep Guardiola revealed Aguero was ‘close’ to joining Barcelona and admitted that the champions ‘cannot replace’ the striker.
Aguero signed off in the top-flight in typically devastating fashion, having netted a brace in the 5-0 win over Everton and come close on several occasions to notching a memorable hat-trick.
‘We love him so much,’ Guardiola told Sky Sports. ‘He is a special person for all of us. He is so nice, he is so nice. He helped me a lot, he’s so good.’
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