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Barca presidential candidate Joan Laporta names Aguero as statement signing

Published on: 03 March 2021

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has earmarked Manchester City's Sergio Aguero as a potential statement arrival this summer.

The Catalan giants hold their election, open to 110,000 club members, on Sunday to a backdrop of turmoil after the arrest of former incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu earlier this week.

Laporta is challenged by Victor Font and Antoni Freixa, with the winner facing an uphill task to unify the fractured club and address crippling debts of £1.1billion.

Former president Laporta, at the helm when Pep Guardiola was appointed manager in 2008, knows the need for financial prudence.

City's record goalscorer Aguero is out of contract in the summer and available for free, with the 32-year-old yet to discuss an extension at the Etihad.

Like his friend and City target Lionel Messi, Aguero has said he will wait until the end of the season to decide on his future.

Guardiola still thinks Aguero can play a big role in City's run-in despite the fact he has not scored in the league since January 2020, in a year riddled with injuries and Covid issues.

'He's going to help,' said Guardiola. 'We need him in this part of the season.

There will be games that will be tight and difficult and we need Kun. He has a special talent and quality.'

At a presidential debate, Laporta addressed Messi's situation. He said: 'I have a great relationship with Leo and he will consider whatever proposal I make.

'I'm convinced that if the other candidates win, Messi will not remain at Barcelona.'


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