Sergio Aguero is close to signing a deal with Barcelona, revealed Pep Guardiola on Sunday.
It appears Manchester City’s longtime striker is headed back to La Liga, where he first made his name for himself as a young player.
The manager fully endorsed the move, saying Aguero would provide a huge boost to the Spanish giant’s attack.
He added that he was happy Aguero could play “alongside the best player of all time, Messi”.
Aguero bid an emotional farewell to Manchester City on Sunday with his contract set to expire, scoring twice in a 5-0 victory over Everton.
“Maybe I reveal a secret,” Guardiola told BBC. “Maybe he is close to agreeing a deal for the club of my heart – for Barcelona.
“He is going to be playing alongside the best player of all time, Messi.
“I’m pretty sure he is going to enjoy. And maybe Barcelona are stronger and stronger with him on the pitch.”
The striker long ago established himself as a club legend, so it might be surprising to see him leave with little resistance. But both parties agreed that playing time would be difficult to come by at the Etihad Stadium moving forward, and by switching teams this summer, he can now get started on his next chapter without losing valuable time in the interim.
The exit has been graceful, with Manchester City giving him an emotional send-off that included team-mates lifting him above their heads in recognition of his importance to the organisation.