Man City legend Aguero departs as canny Barcelona insert huge clause

Pep Guardiola with Sergio Aguero in Man City training, May 2021

Cash-strapped Barcelona have completed their free agent acquisition of Man City legend Sergio Aguero, and made sure to insert a giant clause into his contract.

The Argentine striker has arguably been the Premier League’s finest striker over the last decade. His arrival at the Etihad in 2011 heralded an unprecedented period of success in the clubs history. City’s first ever Premier League title was sealed in his debut season after Aguero’s historic last-gasp winner versus QPR.

Now 32, Aguero had begun to wind down at Man City as Pep Guardiola gradually began to phase out conventional strikers.

Both he and Gabriel Jesus had to give way to false nines. That as much as anything ensured Aguero’s time in England would soon be up.

The worst kept secret in football was Barcelona’s pursuit of the hitman. The Spanish giants are currently in a financial hole. But landing Aguero on a free to link up with fellow countryman Lionel Messi made perfect sense.

Now, the deal has been completed after Barcelona tweeted Martin Tyler’s famous commentary line.

Aguero will join on July 1st upon the expiry of his contract. But the most surprising aspect of his move comes from a clause Barcelona have inserted into his deal.

Official statement reveals contract clause

A statement on the club’s official website (via Sky Sports) read: “FC Barcelona and Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero have reached an agreement for the player to join the club from 1 July when his contract with Manchester City expires.

“The player will sign a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season and his buy-out clause is set at 100 million euros.”

Release clauses are increasingly common in Spain. But one of that size for a 32-year-old who has struggled with injury would seem unlikely to tempt suitors even if he recaptures his form.

Nevertheless, should a team opt to pay the fee, Barcelona would go some way to resolving their financial difficulties.

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