Ronald Koeman is ‘NOT interested in bringing Sergio Aguero to Barcelona this summer and prefers Lyon’s Memphis Depay because he would be a better fit’… with Manchester City striker leaving on a free at the end of the season
- Manchester City announced on Monday that Sergio Aguero will leave in June
- The Argentine has been linked with a move to Barcelona on a free transfer
- But SPORT claim Ronald Koeman has no interest in signing the striker, 32
- The Dutchman believes Lyon forward Memphis Depay would be a better fit
Ronald Koeman does not want to sign Sergio Aguero once he leaves Manchester City in June, according to reports in Spain.
Premier League leaders City announced on Monday that club legend Aguero will be moving on at the end of the current campaign after a decade at the club, while the player himself put out a personal statement.
Aguero has been linked with a return to LaLiga – having played for Atletico Madrid before a £35million move to the Etihad Stadium – and linking up with Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi at Barcelona.
Ronald Koeman (left) does not want to sign Sergio Aguero when he leaves Manchester City, according to reports in Spain
SPORT claim Koeman would prefer that Lyon forward Memphis Depay join instead on a free
But according to Spanish outlet SPORT, the Catalan giants’ Dutch boss Koeman has no interest in acquiring the 32-year-old’s services and prefers the possibility of Lyon star Memphis Depay joining on a free transfer.
The report adds Koeman believes his compatriot – who blossomed under him while he was Netherlands boss – would be a better fit in Barcelona’s system and is a huge admirer of his versatility.
The same outlet also adds the likelihood of Depay, 27, accepting a role as a substitute from time to time in comparison to Aguero would also work in the former’s favour in regards to the club’s pursuit.
However, the pursuit of the duo will not affect Barcelona chasing Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, the report adds.
Koeman believes the Netherlands forward would be a better fit in his system at Barcelona
Aguero has been heavily linked with joining Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi at Barcelona
The 20-year-old Norwegian is European football’s most in-demand forward following his prolific exploits in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
They will however face competition from City, who have made Haaland – boasting a hugely impressive 25 goals and one assist in 25 Bundesliga matches this season, and has 10 goals from six in the Champions League – their No 1 target to replace Aguero.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid have also been linked with a mega-money move for the Norway international.
Aguero is City’s all-time leading goalscorer, overtaking Eric Brook’s 78-year record of 177 goals.
City have confirmed a statue will be built in the honour of the star, who was responsible for bringing home the first Premier League title of the new era with a famous last-gasp goal against Queens Park Rangers in May 2012.
Their pursuit of Aguero or Depay will not affect their efforts to try and sign Erling Haaland