The economic limitations derived from the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty about the future leadership of the club place Barcelona in a weaker than usual situation in the transfer market. However, the Catalans are trying to manage to strengthen their squad and one of the strategies they are deploying is to target the players whose contract expires in the middle of the year. One of those in the portfolio, and that could also serve as an incentive for Lionel Messi to stay at Barça, is Sergio Agüero.
According to what was reported by the Mundo Deportivo newspaper, the Kun It was offered to several of the candidates who will participate in the next elections, which were to be held this Sunday, but were postponed due to the increase in cases of covid-19 in Catalonia (they would be on March 7).
The 32-year-old striker has a contract with Manchester City until June 30 and the English club does not seem willing to propose a renewal, so Barcelona would not have to pay to obtain his token. Thus, without a large investment, he could reinforce a position in which he did not find solutions since the departure of Uruguayan Luis Suárez to Atlético de Madrid.
“We need more competition in some positions on the team. We lack people, but it all depends on the economic situation of the club, “said Ronald Koeman this Saturday during the press conference prior to Sunday’s game against Elche. The coach met in recent days with the candidates for president of Barça (Víctor Font, Toni Freixa and Joan Laporta) and talked about possible reinforcements. “I don’t decide. I was chatting with them, but everything depends on the economic situation ”, emphasized the DT.
Sergio Agüero played only nine games since the start of the season. (Photo: Michael Regan / AP)
The arrival of Agüero could be a double motivation for Messi, whose contract also expires on June 30, to choose to stay at the club whose colors he has defended since he was 13 years old. On the one hand, because the Rosario intends to play in a team capable of fighting for great goals and the arrival of the former Independiente and Atlético de Madrid striker could make a good contribution to this. And furthermore, because Leo and the Kun they are very close friends.
For Agüero, Barcelona would be a huge showcase to relaunch his career after a season in which he is having very little participation: so far he has played nine games (five for the Premier League, three for the Champions League and one for the League Cup. England) and scored two goals (against Porto and Olympique de Marseille for the Champions League).
The attacker of the Argentine national team underwent an operation in June due to a meniscus injury in the left knee that he suffered during a match against Burnley for the 30th date of the last Premier League. The recovery was prolonged and, since he returned, he has lost ground in the consideration of Josep Guardiola. To make matters worse, he is now unemployed again because he contracted coronavirus.
The decision to sign Agüero or not will have to be taken by the Board of Directors that arises from the next elections at Barça. However, Mundo Deportivo assured that the Management Commission that is in charge of the institution in these weeks has already started contacts with some footballers who also end their contract on June 30: defender Eric Garcia (Manchester City), midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum ( Liverpool) and forward Memphis Depay (Olympique de Lyon).