Addressing the media in a press conference, Joan Laporta claimed that they will announce new signings next week once club football officially calls curtains for the season after the Champions League final. One of those has been a public secret for way too long and could be made official as early as Monday — Sergio Aguero.
Joining from Manchester City on a free, one would think there would be hardly any hindrance in the transfer. However, according to a report published by the generally unreliable Mundo Deportivo, his transfer depends on the continuity of Lionel Messi, whose future at Barcelona is still on thin ice at this point.
Messi and Aguero’s friendship is well documented in the footballing world. The duo shared the pitch as early as 2008, winning the Olympic Games with the Argentine national team. And it would make sense that they would communicate their future at the same club before coming to a decision.
Apart from being a free transfer, Aguero’s move could very well be a power play by the Barcelona board to convince Messi to extend his contract with Barcelona. After the debacle that took place last summer, Joan Laporta and co. would want to make sure they leave no stone unturned in an attempt to keep Messi at the Catalan capital.
Among those stones, as Laporta mentioned, would be a promising sporting project, which seems to be of utmost importance to Messi. Aguero would be one of the first names in this project, but the club could very well announce Georginio Wijnaldum, Memphis Depay, and Eric Garcia in the first week of June.
Some departures are bound to take place as well, with barely any player in the squad risk-free. A revolution awaits, and fans will be the witness of its success or failure.