Barcelona will break the bank in order to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.
A Spanish television source broke the news that Lionel Messi’s father Jorge met with Barca chiefs to discuss Messi’ future and the signing of fellow Argentine Aguero.Jorge Messi, whose meetings with board members often yield results, demanded that Aguero be signed to boost Barcelona’s attacking options.
Rumours had surfaced that the four time Ballon d’Or winner Messi would be the subject of a £164m bid from the Manchester side.
However with the suspension of Barcelona’s transfer ban, rapid developments surrounding the Spanish giants leaves them willing to smash the world transfer record in order to land City’s star man.New tax regulations taking effect in La Liga this coming season cast doubts over Messi’s future in Spain.
But despite the increase, the Catalan club will offer a new contract that is expected to be worth £16.5m per season – after tax. That’s roughly £340k per week.
Aguero has suffered from an injury plagued season with City, the recurrence of a hamstring strain has often left the Argentine sidelined.Despite injuries, Aguero has still managed to rack-up an impressive 28 goals to put Manuel Pellegrini’s side within touching distance of a second Premier League title.