Barcelona has completed the signing of Sergio Agüero for free, following the end of his contract with Manchester City. The 32-year-old, who will turn 33 on June 2, has put down a contract until 2023, and the deal includes a buyout clause of 100 million euros. Agüero traveled to Barcelona after Manchester City’s defeat in the Champions League final against Chelsea, where he underwent his medical examination this Monday morning before signing his contract with Barcelona.
Thus, Joan Laporta has secured the signing of the Premier League record foreign scorer, although Aguero has battled injuries in recent years. In the 2020/21 campaign, he made 20 appearances and scored six goals. During his time at Manchester City, Agüero won 15 silver pieces (five Premier League titles, six Carabao Cups, one FA Cup, and three Community Shields) and also became the club’s all-time record scorer, scoring 260 goals in 390 games.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola paid an emotional tribute to Agüero following the Argentine forward’s final league game for the club, a 5-0 win over Everton in which he came off the bench to score two goals. “We love him very much,” Guardiola said of Agüero. “He is a special person. He is so nice. He helped me a lot… We can’t replace him, we can’t. There are many players in this club – Joe Hart, David Silva [there are others] – who helped us to be this club. We have his legacy. He showed the quality him in 30 minutes. ”
This will be Agüero’s second time playing in Spain, as he played 230 games for Atlético de Madrid between 2006 and 2011, during which time he scored 100 goals. He also won a Europa League and a European Super Cup. Agüero will introduce himself as a Barcelona player later this Monday before heading to South America to join the Argentina team ahead of this summer’s Copa América. There he will see his good friend and now club-level teammate, Lionel Messi.