Chelsea are weighing up the possibility of launching a move for Sergio Aguero, but will face stiff competition from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports. The Manchester City forward is out of contract at the end of the season and is widely expected to leave the club amid speculation over his immediate future.
Chelsea are likely to be in the market for a striker in the summer with Thomas Tuchel’s side having struggled in attack since the turn of the year.
The Blues have failed to score more than twice in a game under the German boss, who has opted to deploy Kai Havertz up top ahead of natural strikers Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud in recent weeks.
The club have been linked with a number of solutions, with Roman Abramovich said to be keeping a close eye on Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland ahead of a potential move for his services.
The 20-year-old is attracting the world’s biggest clubs with his stellar form for the Bundesliga outfit, amid the possibility that he will be sold in the summer to raise some much-needed funds.
However, if Chelsea fail in their pursuit of Haaland, they could turn to Aguero as a cheaper alternative.
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The Blues are tracking his situation with a keen interest, with the striker hoping to stay in the Premier League if he leaves City according to the Daily Mail.
Chelsea tried to sign Aguero a decade ago but were beaten to his signature by the Manchester club, who paid a fee in the region of £36million to tempt Atletico Madrid into selling their star man.
Barcelona are also eager to land the 32-year-old this summer and have already made contact over the possibility of a move.
New club president Joan Laporta is said to be hopeful of landing Aguero with the aim of persuading Lionel Messi to stay at the club beyond the end of the season, or replacing the mercurial forward if he decides to move on.
Meanwhile, PSG have been tipped as another potential destination amid the uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of Kylian Mbappe.
The World Cup winner is yet to agree to fresh terms, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2022.
Aguero has struggled with injuries as of late, picking up a knee problem against Burnley in June before suffering a hamstring issue at West Ham United four months later.
The Argentine forward returned to full fitness in January but has only played eight times in the Premier League this season, with Gabriel Jesus often preferred to lead the line.
He ended a run of 14 months without a top-flight goal on Saturday, firing home from the penalty spot against Fulham in a 3-0 win to extend City’s lead at the top of the table to 17 points.
Pep Guardiola admitted after the final whistle that he is not sure what the future holds for Aguero, but stressed that whatever decision is made will benefit both the player and the club.
“Sergio is a legend here,” Guardiola told beIN Sports. “He is a lovely person and what he has done here is incredible and we will decide what is best for both parties.”
Aguero has found the net 181 times in 271 appearances for City in the Premier League, putting him fourth on the list of the division’s all-time goalscorers behind only Andy Cole, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer.