Leonel Aguero (Sergio Aguero’s father) has revealed that Chelsea and Arsenal were both “interested” in the striker before he joined Barcelona.
Aguero’s ten-year spell with Manchester City came to an end after the 2020/21 season culminated.
In this time, he scored 260 goals for the Premier League champions across all competitions. He helped them win the league title five times.
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With City, Aguero also won six Carabao Cups and one FA Cup. His contract with City expired at the end of the season.
After months of speculation, it was announced that the forward has signed for Barcelona. He has taken a €17m pay-cut to join the Spanish giants.
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Chelsea and Arsenal were among the clubs linked with Aguero before he completed his move to Barcelona.
Aguero’s father has told Argentinian radio (as cited by The Daily Star) that his son received interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.
“My son was waiting right up to the last moment to renew with City but it didn’t happen.
“He is happy right now after signing for Barcelona. I see him happy.
“He didn’t know what was going to happen with his future. There were several clubs interested in signing him.
“Arsenal were interested in him and Chelsea to the last minute. If he didn’t stay in England, it was going to be Italy or Spain.
“He’s been friends with Lionel Messi since they were 15 and they’ve always talked.
“It looks like Messi is going to stay at Barcelona so they’re going to play together.”
Elsewhere, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has insisted that they will replace Aguero:
“We lose a very important legend in Sergio Aguero, very hard shoes to fill but I am confident we will find the right player to fill those shoes.
“There are other areas in the team that need investment, not too many, it is not about numbers, it is about quality.
“The squad is a phenomenal squad, you don’t win the Premier League and get to the Champions League final if you don’t have a good squad. We will bring quality into the squad in a couple of key positions.”