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Ronald Koeman rejects Sergio Agüero option - report

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The Dutchman prefers his former pupil, Memphis Depay

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Manchester City FC’s announcement that Sergio Agüero would not continue with them next season sparked another wave of rumors that the Argentine would be signing with FC Barcelona.

But perhaps that will not come to pass, if the wishes of manager Ronald Koeman prevail.

That’s according to a new report, which says the Dutch manager prefers signing one of his former players in the national team - Memphis Depay - to bolster the attack.

Both players are out of contract in the summer, but Koeman prefers the Lyon forward because he is said to think Depay could adapt better to his system. Depay could conceivably fill a few different roles along the forward line, while Agüero would really only play as a striker.

In addition, Depay could be a better fit in the locker room if he were more likely to accept being benched more often. Apparently, Koeman fears Agüero would be unsettled if he were forced to take a less prominent role in the squad.

In any case, Barcelona the report says that Barcelona are looking to add Depay or Agüero as a backup to their true dream signing, Erling Haaland.