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Manchester City officially announce Sergio Agüero departure

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The Argentine has been linked with a move to Barcelona

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Manchester City FC have announced the departure of one of their most influential players ever, Sergio Agüero. The Argentine forward has played for the Citizens since 2011,

Agüero became the club’s record goalscorer in 2017 and won the Premier League four times, the League Cup five times, and the FA Cup once with City. All in all, he has scored 257 goals in 384 appearances for them.

He scored a memorable dramatic late goal in 2012, in added time on the last matchday, to secure the first Premier League title for City. That moment is one that many commentators have called the most dramatic Premier League title win ever.

Agüero’s contract is up in the summer, and City has committed to both a grand send-off and a statue commissioned alongside those of David Silva and Vincent Kompany already under construction at the Etihad Stadium.

Agüero has been linked with a move to FC Barcelona, who are still looking to replace the departed Luis Suárez. In fact, Agüero was strongly linked with a move to the Camp Nou prior to Suárez’s transfer from Liverpool FC.

Though the transfer is still a rumor to this point, a free transfer could be an attractive option for the cash-strapped Catalan giants, who would also benefit from Agüero’s familiarly with La Liga and friendship with compatriot Lionel Messi.

In fact, rumors have said that Agüero’s arrival at the club could be part of a push to convince Messi to not leave. Barcelona’s star man wanted to move to Manchester last summer, and has been linked with a switch to Paris Saint-Germain this year. It remains to be seen whether Agüero or Messi or perhaps both will play in Catalonia next season.