Barcelona have reactivated their interest in Sergio Aguero as they look to add a No.9 to the squad. Barça want to make changes in attack and the Argentine could add quality and experience. The Blaugrana will move for him, but he will only come if the financial side of the deal is favourable for the club.
Barça want to reduce the wage bill next season. The current squad adjusted their salaries earlier this season and the new signings will have to accept certain conditions if they want to come to Camp Nou.
Aguero is earning more than €12 million annually at Manchester City, where his contract expires this summer, and Barça will not match that. If he wants to come, he will have to take a big drop on his fixed salary with performance-related add-ons making up a large part of his wages -- individually and collectively.
Juventus have shown the most interest in Aguero so far. The Italian side are already working on the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo and want to strengthen their attack with a couple of new forwards.
Aguero's one of their priorities and they would be ready to pay him a high salary, benefitted by the lax tax laws that exist in Italy. Barça are being kept informed on the movements, but will not get into a bidding war because they have to much to lose financially. If Aguero wants to play for Barça, he will have to accept a wage cut.
The option to sign Aguero's been on the table for weeks, although there's been no firm offer. They want the player to push for it and believe he will because his preference is to return to Spain and to play with Lionel Messi.
If that happens, the club will try to reach an agreement that benefits everyone. Another issue is what his role in the team would be, because he would arrive to add experience to a squad with a lot of youngsters.
What Barça are clear on is that they need to add another forward. Although that will provoke the exit of Martin Braithwaite.
They also want to sign a younger, top-level striker. That's where any big investment will be made this summer.
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