Sergio Aguero Barcelona bound as Koeman questions club’s commitment
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The end of Aguero’s Premier League chapter
Sergio Aguero, a free agent this summer, is on the verge of joining Barcelona according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
Sergio Agüero to Barcelona, here we go! He’s set to join until June 2023, agreement reached. Bonus included in case Barça will win the UCL. 🔵🔴 #FCB
More: Barcelona are also getting closer to sign Memphis Depay. He confirmed to his new lawyers that he wants to join Barça 🚨🇳🇱
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 21, 2021
The Argentine striker, who sits fourth in the Premier League’s all-time goalscoring charts, will be remembered most vividly for his last gasp goal to win Manchester City the Premier League title in the 2011/12 season. However, the forward has featured just 11 times in the Premier League for Manchester City this season, returning a measly two goals.
Despite this, however, he seems set to sign a two year deal in Catalonia, as Barcelona look to bounce back from a disappointing campaign this year. It leads to more than a few questions surrounding why the club decided to let Luiz Suarez move to Atletico last summer, only to sign a similarly ageing striker just 12 months later.
A ‘quality marksman’ who ‘became iconic’.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 21, 2021
With the debt surrounding Barcelona, their targeting of free agents makes sense and is unlikely to stop at the Argentine. Romano reports that Depay is edging closer to a move to Northern Spain, whilst soon-to-be free agent Gini Wijnaldum is also expected to swap Merseyside for La Blaugrana.
Koeman questions the commitment of board:
The transfer news comes the same day as Koeman questioned the commitment of the Barcelona board both to him and the club.
Speaking to the press, the ex-Everton boss said:
“In the final part of the season I have not felt [the club’s backing]… If the club feel that a new coach and new players are needed, fine, but they need to communicate that”
Ronald Koeman isn’t getting the support he needs from Barcelona’s board. pic.twitter.com/ch2hp8pAFM
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 21, 2021
Koeman’s position has been under scrutiny for some weeks now, with ex-midfielder tipped to replace him if the club does decide to pull the trigger and sack him. However, could prevent them from doing so, dependent on which players they can manage to offload from a bloated wage bill.
With Sergio Aguero coming to the club, and the potential for Memphis Depay and Gini Wijnaldum to join him, that need just became even greater.