It’s official. The end of an era is upon us, as both Manchester City and Sergio Aguero have confirmed that the player will leave the club upon the expiry of his contract this summer.
The 33-year-old Argentine striker joined the club back in 2011 from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth around £35million and has gone on to become the club’s highest goalscorer of all-time.
He broke the record during Man City’s 4-2 win over Napoli back in 2017, breaking a 78-year record by scoring his 178th goal for the club. He has since gone on to score 257 goals in 384 games for the club at the time of writing.
The club have confirmed that while Aguero will be allowed to leave on a free transfer this summer, a statue has been commissioned to go up outside the Etihad Stadium alongside those of his former teammates Vincent Kompany and David Silva. They will also put up a permanent mosaic at the club’s academy in honour of his glorious career with the club.
But with a few years still to go in his career, what is next for the Argentine hitman? Lets take a look at the prospects for his future.
When you’ve already got a legendary number ten amongst your playing squad, you don’t need another. But when the one currently there is reportedly unhappy and considering leaving, bringing one in who is one of his best friends would definitely be helpful.
Aguero and Lionel Messi are international teammates and best friends in football but their playing styles also compliment each other’s play styles well. Since Luis Suarez left Barcelona last summer, the club have lacked that outright number nine to sit in the box and finish chances. Despite that, they’re the favourites to lift the La Liga title at the end of the season so signing Aguero would only bolster their squad for next year.
With the futures of Antoine Griezmann and Phillipe Coutinho up in the air, they will need attacking help going forward. Aguero would provide experience, goals and an extra reason to convince Messi to stay – plus we know how much they love to pay attacking players.
Another deal that potentially hinges on the future of Messi, could be PSG. With the French giants always looking to add to their ranks, new manager Mauricio Pochettino will look to make additions to the squad that suit him.
While he never worked with Aguero directly, his time in the Premier League meant he got an up close and personal look at the Argentine and will know the best way to get the most out of him. Moise Kean is likely to return to Everton following his loan spell and Mauro Icardi has suffered with injuries this season after signing permanently last summer so a new striker could potentially be needed.
Putting Aguero in between Neymar and Kylian Mbappe could be the remedy to earn the club a European trophy but also adds another superstar to the ranks of the club. That’s never a bad thing.
When a superstar level player becomes available, certain clubs are always linked and Inter Milan are one of those clubs.
On the verge of lifting the Serie A title for the first time since Jose Mourinho’s reign as manager, Milan will be expecting the mighty Juventus to try to come back with a bang next year and must look to bolster their options to maintain the high level under Antonio Conte.
While Romelu Lukaku is the main man and top scorer, a bit of assistance from another top level goalscorer will never be a bad thing and with Alexis Sanchez never able to re-find the form that made him one of the best, Aguero could take his place in the squad and become the perfect foil for big Rom.
There are other options like returning to Argentina or venturing off to the MLS, but really and truly Aguero is still too good to enter that final chapter of his career.
If he can get over his injury issues of the last 12 months or so, he will be a huge asset to any club he joins but the most likely option at this point seems to point to the Camp Nou. It will undoubtedly be a coup to get a player of this calibre on a free transfer, his age, wages and injury record could prove a gamble.