Arsenal were interested in Sergio Agüero before he completed his free transfer move to FC Barcelona, according to the player’s father.
At the end of May, FC Barcelona announced the signing of former Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero, joining on a free transfer after coming to the end of his contract with the Premier League club. But Barcelona weren’t the only ones to try and sign the 33-year-old.
Reports from March had suggested that Arsenal had made contact over a possible move, and Agüero’s father has now confirmed the Gunners were in for his son.
“He didn’t know what was going to happen with his future,” Agüero Sr told Radio Le Red (via Daily Star). “There were several clubs interested in signing him.
“Arsenal were interested in him and Chelsea to the last minute. If he didn’t stay in England, it was going to be Italy or Spain.”
Even though there was clearly not much chance of the move happening once Barcelona got involved, it’s interesting to hear that Arsenal were interested in Agüero. Perhaps it hints that the Gunners will look to sign someone else up front in the summer window.
Alternatively, it could just be that if you have the chance to sign Agüero, you do it. There are always players worth signing regardless of whether you have a specific need in their position, and with Agüero’s goal record he probably fits that category.
For now, Arsenal still have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli, Folarin Balogun, and more as options up front. So they’d need to sell a few before bringing one in.