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Sergio Aguero's father claims Arsenal wanted free Sergio Aguero transfer before Barcelona move

Sergio Aguero’s father has told Radio La Red that Arsenal and Chelsea were both interested in a deal for the striker right up util he joined Barcelona.

Aguero left Manchester City after a decade at the Etihad as Pep Guardiola’s side chose against offering a new contract. Barcelona have since unveiled him at the Camp Nou, signing a two-year deal featuring a €100m (86m) release clause.

The 33-year-old leaves England as Man City’s all-time record goalscorer and boasts the Premier League’s most hat-tricks with 12. Only Alan Shearer (260), Wayne Rooney (208) and Andrew Cole (187) sit above the Argentine for all-time Premier League goals (184), as well.

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Aguero’s father has now claimed that London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea were contending with Barcelona for his signature.

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“He didn’t know what was going to happen with his future,” Aguero’s father said. “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.

“He is happy right now after signing for Barcelona. I see him happy. He’s been friends with Lionel Messi since they were 15 and they’ve always talked. It looks like Messi is going to stay at Barcelona so they’re going to play together.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had ruled out targeting the five-time Premier League winner when asked by the media in April.

TBR’s view: Arsenal targeting Aguero no surprise

Even though Arteta rubbished suggestions he would target Aguero, Arsenal tracking his situation is no surprise. The pair know each other well from the Spaniard’s time at Man City and is a staunch supporter of his.

“Sergio has a unique quality to see spaces where nobody else can see and score goals in a really easy way. So I am sure that he will find the right next project,” Arteta said, via Sky Sports.

Question marks also continue to sit over the future of top-scorer Alexandre Lacazette (The Sun) at Arsenal. Aguero would comfortably help Arteta replace the Frenchman’s goals, despite only netting four in 12 league games last season.

But Arteta must line up alternative centre-forwards after Aguero sealed his Barcelona move. Which the Gunners boss should already have had in place, with a move for the Man City icon always unlikely.

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