Manchester City star Sergio Aguero is keen on a move to Barcelona this summer, but manager Ronald Koeman is said to prefer the signing of Memphis Depay, Marca reports.
It is now reported that the 32-year-old is open to joining the Catalan giants where he could play alongside compatriot and close friend Lionel Messi.
However, his transfer does not appear a priority for Koeman. The Dutchman favours a move for Depay, who came close to joining the club from Lyon last summer.
Similar to Aguero, Depay could be available on a free transfer with his contract expiring in June, and the Blaugrana believe he could be a low-cost option.
Furthermore, it is stated that age and better fitness levels of Depay could see Koeman lean towards signing his compatriot over Aguero this summer.
Aguero has had a tough 2020/21 campaign with the Cityzens, registering only 14 appearances due to injuries, coronavirus and competition for places.
He has suffered a number of niggles over the past couple of years, and Koeman is probably circumspect over a move as the striker may also command a significant signing-on fee.
Depay, meanwhile, is nearly five years younger to Aguero and he may suit Koeman’s style, having played under him for the Netherlands.
Koeman was pivotal in converting Depay from a left winger into a genuine scoring striker and he may be tempted by a reunion at the club level.
Hence, Depay seems the more viable option, but there are suggestions that Messi has asked the hierarchy to sign Aguero this summer.
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