Barcelona Confirms the Signing of Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero with Manchester City in 2018
Sergio Aguero with Manchester City in 2018. Photo by Matt West/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (9960249w)

Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero will play for La Liga giants Barcelona next season, the Catalan club confirmed on Monday.

Aguero inked a two-year deal with Barca and will arrive as a free-agent signing. The club also announced that his contract includes a $122 million buyout clause while his salary will reportedly be around $6 million annually.

The 32-year-old legend is well familiar with Spanish football, having played in La Liga with Atletico Madrid between 2006 and 2011.

Aguero spent the previous ten seasons with Manchester City, where he scored 260 goals in 390 games. Besides becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, he also helped City win 15 trophies, including five English Premier League trophies.

The 2020-21 season, however, was challenging for Aguero as he was often kept off the field by various injuries. He only managed to play 20 games while finding the net six times.

Barcelona hopes that recovered Sergio Aguero could play a significant role in their return to the top of La Liga. The club finished third in the national competition last season, marking the first time since 2008 that they were not placed in the top two. This was followed by failures in the Champions League, where they were eliminated in the round of 16.

The arrival of Aguero will reportedly be followed by more additions in the attacking department, with Barca looking to sign Lyon’s Memphis Depay and/or another young striker. The club is also looking to make other changes to their roster, with names like Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma being mentioned as their targets.