Report: Chelsea leading race to sign Argentina international on free transfer

Chelsea are leading the race to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero on a free transfer, according to Argentinian outlet TyC Sports.

Manchester City has announced that the 32-year-old will leave the club at the end of his contract this summer, and as you would expect, several clubs are reportedly interested in the striker, including Chelsea.

This is obviously not a surprise considering he is still one of the best strikers in the world despite his injury spells and therefore lack of games this season.

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According to TyC Sports, Aguero has narrowed down his options, with Chelsea in pole position ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Juventus.

The report further explains that being able to stay in England and the Premier League if he signs for Chelsea are the two reasons why Aguero considers Chelsea an attractive summer destination.

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The Argentina international has lived in England for almost a decade since joining Manchester City in 2011 and reportedly felt “very much at home” in the country.

Aguero also still wants to achieve big things in football, the report added, and play at top level with a team that competes for important trophies.

In addition to that, he has reportedly set his sights on 2022 World Cup in Qatar with Argentina and he feels staying in the Premier League will be his best options to make the national team squad.

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On paper, an opportunity Aguero on a free transfer is something that Chelsea should not miss out on.

Olivier Giroud is likely going to leave at the end of his contract this summer.

While Tammy Abraham, who has been struggling for minutes under Thomas Tuchel, might decide to leave to play regularly elsewhere.

Thomas Tuchel himself, who refused to comment on the transfer rumours out of respect for Manchester City as a rival, was still full of praise for Aguero.

“There are no words needed from me about the achievements of this guy, he is a world-class player,” the Chelsea boss said in his press conference earlier this month (via Mirror).

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The only potential issue is if Tuchel plans to use Kai Havertz as his first-choice No.9 or Chelsea somehow manage to win the race to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.

It is safe to say that a player of Aguero’s calibre will not want to join a club to play second fiddle to anyone.

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