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Sergio Aguero to join FC Barcelona as Spanish club begins squad overhaul

The 32-year-old, thought-about to be one of many best gamers in Premier League historical past, has signed till the tip of the 2023 season with a buyout clause set at 100 million euros ($122 million).

The Argentine celebrity posted on Instagram photographs of himself carrying a Barcelona jersey with the caption: “With the identical dedication and fervour as at all times, now Barça. Long stay Barcelona.”

At Barcelona, Aguero will hyperlink up along with his worldwide teammate Lionel Messi, broadly thought-about to be one of many best footballers of all time and who can be godfather to his son.

“It is an immense pleasure as a result of since I used to be a child, and much more so now with Messi, I’ve thought that Barça is one of the best club on the earth,” Aguero stated in a press release launched by the club Monday.

“Any participant that is provided the possibility to play at Barça, will come operating. I’ll attempt to do my finest to assist the club to win huge issues.”

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Barcelona offered Aguero Monday alongside recently-elected president Joan Laporta and different executives.

“We’ve welcomed you with a tango, a really thrilling dance, identical to you, as a result of we all know you will rating lots of targets for Barça,” stated Laporta within the assertion.

Barca beat Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey in April, however completed third in La Liga and have been knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain within the last-16 stage.

Aguero joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and went on to win 5 Premier League titles, one FA Cup and 6 League Cups.

The Argentine is City’s all-time prime scorer with 260 targets in 390 appearances however has struggled with accidents in current seasons. He made simply 12 Premier League appearances final season, scoring 4 targets.

Alongside gamers such as Vincent Kompany and David Silva, Aguero helped usher in a brand new period of success for the club which was backed by rich funding from the Abu Dhabi United Group.
He might be ceaselessly remembered for scoring a dramatic injury-time winner in opposition to QPR in 2012 to safe Manchester City’s first top-flight league title in 44 years.

Aguero was unable to assist his aspect win the coveted Champions League, nonetheless, enjoying over 20 minutes in his aspect’s 0-1 loss to Chelsea in Saturday’s closing.

Eric Garcia playing with Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League against FC Porto in December. The defender also joined Barcelona this week.

Barcelona additionally introduced the free signing of Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, who has signed a contract till the tip of the 2025/26 season. The club set the participant’s buyout clause at a whopping 400 million euros ($489 million).

Buyout clauses are prevalent in Spain and are a compulsory ingredient of most Spanish contracts, in accordance to sports activities lawyer Daniel Geey, although they do not essentially replicate a participant’s true market worth.

“The participant has to actually ‘purchase out’ his contract on the stipulated quantity, although in apply, it’s the buying club who pays the quantity through the participant,” in accordance to Geey.

The 20-year-old Garcia was part of Barcelona’s famed academy from 2008 till 2017 when he joined Manchester City.

The Spaniard, who has been included in his nation’s Euro 2020 squad alongside new teammates Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, and Pedri, made simply 12 appearances for City final season.

CNN’s Ben Church and Jack Guy contributed to this report.

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